Hentschel brings construction background to BVSD operations manager position
August 20. 2013 8:41AM
Ty Hentschel used to be in the business of constructing school buildings.
Now, he’s going to manage them.
Hentschel, 46, is the new operations manager for the Brandon Valley School District.
He fills the position, which held for nearly three decades by Todd Williams, who retired this spring after 27 years in the job.
“I’ve been pretty blessed to be able to work on educational facilities the last 15 to 20 years,” Hentschel said. “I’ve gotten to know from the inside the way they function and have worked closely with superintendents, principals and custodians to meet those needs and wants.”
As the operations manager, Hentschel literally keeps tabs on every facet of the district’s operations.
“I help to ensure that the operation of each building and facility run smoothly,” he explained. “And by operations I mean maintenance of the custodial, transportation and nutritional departments so that all operate the way they were intended to benefit the school and the community. It’s an extremely challenging and rewarding position, and I welcome the challenge and think it will be fun.”
The Montana native was selected from a field of more than 40 applicants, from which five were interviewed for the position.
Superintendent Dave Pappone said Hentschel’s strong background in construction management set him apart from the other candidates. Hentschel most recently worked as a project manager for Henry Carlson Construction.
“As a growing school district with ongoing facility needs, we were looking for someone with this background,” Pappone said. “Ty has been a wonderful addition to our management team. He is a self-starter and has hit the ground running, and the district is lucky to have found a person with his knowledge and skills.”
He also worked as a project manager for Garco Construction in Spokane, Wash.
Two years ago when Hentschel accepted a position with Henry Carlson Construction, he and his wife, Michelle, chose to live in Brandon.
“We wanted a smaller community feel,” he said.
They also did their research on the school district. “That was a big selling point,” he adds. “The school district has a great reputation.”
The Hentschels are parents to two boys, Zach, 11, and Xander, 10. As a family, they enjoy fishing, hiking and spending time together.
“Family time,” he said, “is extremely important.”
Born in Montana, Hentschel grew up in Spokane. It was his wife’s connection to South Dakota that brought the family here. She’s originally from Clear Lake.
Hentschel said he’s always had an interest in construction, which led him to pursue a degree in construction management from Eastern Washington University in Washington State.
While he enjoyed his work in that trade, Hentschel said managing the operations of a school district intrigued him as well.
“I always thought, even when I was in Spokane, thought that it would be a nice change,” he said.