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New school district staff introduced to Noon Rotarians

Dr. Rick Cole, superintendent for the Sunnyside School District, introduced three new school department heads to Sunnyside Noon Rotarians yesterday (Monday).

Cole introduced Yvonne Ramirez, the district's newest Nutrition Services Director; Jeremy Hazzard, the district's newest Facilities Director; and Jeff Lowe, who is the district's new Executive Director of Finance and Operations.

Ramirez has lived in the area for 30-plus years, she said. She is a graduate of Sunnyside High School, class of 1990. She pursued a nutrition degree at Washington State University.

Ramirez worked with the Head Start program with the Yakama Nation before accepting the job in Sunnyside.

Currently she said she is busy developing menus. There are 6,000 students in the Sunnyside School District, with 1,600 of those students at the high school. The kitchen at the high school will soon undergo renovations, which will make coordinating lunches for the students challenging. But Ramirez feels privileged to be a part of the process.

"I'm very happy for this opportunity," she told the Rotarians. "I feel privileged to work for the Sunnyside School District."

Hazzard was born and raised in Sunnyside and has been an employee with the school district for the past 16 years.

After graduating from Sunnyside High School in 1991, Hazzard attended Perry Tech, where he earned his degree in heating and air conditioning.

Currently, Hazzard said he is performing an energy audit on the buildings in the school district. He hopes to apply for and receive a grant that would provide energy upgrades throughout the district.

Hazzard oversees 34 custodians, four groundsmen and two maintenance people.

Lowe told the Rotarians he is excited to be in Sunnyside.

Hailing from the Grand Coulee area, Lowe said he is looking forward to getting going with his new job.

He has worked in the accounting department for the Colville Confederated Tribes and was also a business manager for the Nespelem School District. He is currently coming from the Grand Coulee School District, where he served as the district's business manager and was the superintendent, as well, for four years.

Lowe's first day with the Sunnyside School District was yesterday (Monday).

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