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Dubuque Community School District names new IT director

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Ron Armbruster will take the helm as the district's new IT director in mid-July Ron Armbruster will take the helm as the district's new IT director in mid-July
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The Dubuque school board named a new director for the district's Information Technology Department.

This comes after recent controversy over the district's handling of co-sourcing technology services.

The district's new IT director is Ron Armbruster, who is currently the network services manager for Kansas City Public Schools. A release from the Dubuque Community School District said Armbruster has been responsible for reducing his IT department's operating expenses and requirements by $3.1 million over five years by adopting more current technology.

"Armbruster implemented professional development strategies in Kansas City to improve in-house skills and remove the dependency on many outside vendors," the release said." He was also heavily involved in both strategic technology planning and operational IT policy development, with the district's 2009-2012 technology plan receiving the highest award of excellence by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education."

Dubuque school board president Craig Beytien said Tuesday that the district went through a fairly rigorous evaluation process, with about 40 applicants.

Beytien said that Armbruster, however, "really rose to the top and had the immediate respect of the IT people that we have currently on staff. That's important to me and, I think, other board members. He's got the qualifications, he's got the experience. We're really excited to have someone of that caliber join us."

"We are confident that Ron possesses the technical skills and managerial experience to proactively address the information technology needs of the Dubuque Community Schools into the future," Dubuque's acting superintendent Stan Rheingans said. "His knowledge of best practices, combined with his dedication to K-12 education, makes him a wonderful addition to our management team."

Armbruster holds a MCITP Enterprise Engineering certification as well as 18 other national, industry-leading certifications from Cisco, Microsoft and Novell, according to the release.

He begins this new job in mid-July.

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