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Beatrice Public Schools’ director of business affairs, John Brazell will be leaving Beatrice and heading to McCook Public Schools to work as the district’s business manager.

On Feb. 12, the McCook School Board approved Brazell’s contract for the position which will begin on July 1.

Brazell has been with Beatrice Public Schools since 2010 but tendered his resignation to the Beatrice Board of Education back in November of 2017. Brazell cited restructuring in the district’s administration, following Superintendent Pat Nauroth’s planned departure, as his reason for leaving in November.

The district recently went from a four-person administrative staff down to three people, which will start in the 2018-2019 school year. In December, the school board approved Jason Alexander to replace Nauroth, who gave his resignation notice in September of 2017.

Brazell’s job in McCook—which is about 200 miles east of Beatrice—will be similar to the position he’s worked in Beatrice for the last eight years, he said.

Brazell has a bachelor's degree in music education from Hastings College and two master's degrees from Kansas State University—one in curriculum and instruction and another in education administration. Brazell also has an educational specialist degree from Wayne State University.

He started his career in education as a music teacher and band director until the late 1980s, when he began to suffer from hearing problems. He moved into administration and worked as a principal before moving on to become the superintendent of Freeman Public Schools until 2008. He then served as superintendent of Anita Public Schools in Iowa until he was hired as the business manager at Beatrice Public Schools in 2010.

Brazell, whose salary for the 2017-2018 school year was $110,565, will stay on as director of business affairs until his contract expires in June of 2018. According to the McCook Gazette, Brazell’s new contract is for $120,000.

Brazell said that he still has to find a place to live in his new district, but that he appreciates his time at Beatrice.

“You're always going to miss the people and the relationships that you've built,” Brazell said. “I'll miss those the most.”

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