On June 21, the Thompson School District Board of Education approved the scheduled disposal of several surplus district fleet vehicles.  All of these vehicles have reached the end of their useful life in the service of students and district business and are no longer appropriate to serve the district.  TSD is proud to announce that one of the school buses that has been marked for disposal has been donated to the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority (LFRA) to assist local professionals in their ongoing training efforts.  The donated bus will allow the agency to simulate a variety of situations, which will help to better prepare trainees for emergencies that they may encounter while on the job.

“LFRA is excited about this bus donation,” says battalion chief Tim Smith. “This will be our first bus that will be usable in the sense of putting actors inside to conduct trainings. It will be used in a wide variety of training scenarios that will benefit LFRA, Thompson Valley EMS and the Loveland Police Department. Emergency services will get to use this prop for many years to come.  We are thankful to Thompson School District for the donation.”

Likewise, LFRA public affairs officer Scott Pringle agreed that the partnership will be very beneficial for emergency professionals.  “This is a great example of how the positive relationship between Loveland Fire Rescue Authority and Thompson School District can lead to creative ideas that can benefit both organizations, other emergency response agencies and our community,” he says. “This new training prop can help to ensure that emergency responders are better prepared to safely respond to a variety of potential situations.”

The school bus was officially transferred to LFRA officials in a special signing ceremony last month at the district’s transportation depot.  Board of Education President Lori Hvizda Ward and LFRA Battalion Chief Tim Smith signed the paperwork to formalize the partnership.

Thompson School District names new Athletic Director / Assistant Principal at Berthoud High School

Thompson School District has named Brian Barringer as Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at Berthoud High School.  He will fill the position that was vacated by Pete Scheck, who has departed the district.

Mr. Barringer comes to Berthoud High School from Lyons Middle/High School, where he served as a physical education, health and weight training teacher and department chair.  He also recently served as a summer school principal for Rocky Mountain Elementary School. 

Mr. Barringer's career also includes work as a physical education and health instructor at Meadow Community School, Prairie View High School and Achieve Academy.  He has a vast amount of coaching experience in basketball, football and track and field, including service at Lyons High School, Skyview High School, Mountain Range High School and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Mr. Barringer earned a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Metropolitan State University and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education in Indianapolis, Ind.

Thompson School District names new Director of Transportation

Thompson School District is pleased to announce that it has named Myron Wilson as Director of Transportation.  He will be filling the position vacated by Terry Ruddick, who has moved to a fleet management position within the district.

Since 2014, Mr. Wilson served as a transportation terminal manager for Cherry Creek Schools in Aurora, Colo.  As part of his duties, he coordinated and was responsible for the student transportation operation of approximately 100 routes and 110 buses at the Central Transportation Terminal, including direct oversight of student behavior management and driver supervision.  He supervised approximately 150 bus drivers and bus assistants and two driver supervisors with oversight of route management, safety and training, vehicle maintenance and dispatch operations personnel.  Mr. Wilson’s other career experience includes service as a transportation driver supervisor for Cherry Creek Schools, a transportation supervisor for Laramie County School District in Cheyenne, Wyoming and a senior transportation analyst for Pepsi Co, Inc in Plano, Texas.  He served for ten years in the United States Air Force in transportation operations and disaster preparedness.

Mr. Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry Institute of Technology and has also earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Regis University.