Face to Face: USD 204 Superintendent Dan Brungardt
Name: Dan Brungardt
Family: Brungardt and his wife of 37 years have three children.
Birthplace: Alliance, Neb. "It was the only time that my family moved out of (Kansas) and they lived there less than a year," he says.
Occupation: USD 204 Superintendent
Service: Brungardt has been a Rotarian for eight years, first with the Rotary Club of Great Bend, where he served a year as president, and now with the Bonner Springs Rotary Club.
Dream job as a child: Brungardt can’t really remember having a dream job, perhaps because he has consistently held a job since he was young.
“I just always worked from eighth grade on, and I’ve just always enjoyed being at work, whatever that work may be,” he said.
Brungardt has worked as a landscape person and a truck driver; he went to vocational school for a year after high school so he could work his way through college in carpentry and cabinet-making.
“Teaching, no mater what I was doing growing up, was kind of what I did as I worked or was at school,” he said. “It just kind of came natural, to help others succeed. So I think the career kind of chose me more than I chose the career.”
Digging deeper: Brungardt is a bit of a technological whiz and has helped a few other public entities and organizations set up different computer programs.
In Great Bend, where he was formerly an assistant superintendent, he helped the city codes specialist set up the codes process in a computer database and helped the fire marshal set up his reports so they would work on an iPad. While a Rotary Club president, he got all of the club’s information into a database that sent out reminders of club events and programs.
“Technology has always just came to me,” he says.