Though Denver offered opportunities to kick off his communications technology career, when it was time to start a family, Brian Drennon wanted to come home to Hays.

Drennon graduated from then Goodland Technical College and worked for Sprint for several years before going to work for a private wireless company in Denver.

His wife, the former Amanda Jacobs, also a Hays native, taught in the Aurora public schools.

"We just decided we're coming home," Drennon said. "We wanted to have kids, and Denver wasn't the place to do it."

Drennon worked at Quest Diagnostics for approximately a year when they first moved back to Hays before taking a job as a network technician at Nex-Tech nearly seven years ago.

Last year, he was asked to serve on the Hays USD 489 technology committee. After former technology operations coordinator Todd Bryant resigned in August, Drennon applied for the open position.

He was hired as technology director to "oversee, implement and take care of all the technology needs within USD 489," and started work in mid-December.

His responsibilities include everything technical -- laptops and other technology devices, the wired and wireless network and building connectivity.

Drennon also works with each building's technology staff and makes sure issues are getting addressed.

Each day brings new challenges, and he likes working with people and the variety his job offers, he said.

"I'm a very hands-on technology director," he said. "I want to be on the front lines helping where I can help."

He and the technology committee will be assessing the district's needs, "where we're at, where we need to go and where we want to go. There's a lot of options."

Amanda Drennon taught in Ellis for several years but now is a stay-at-home mother to their three children, Chase, 5, Ashton, 3 and Camden, 1.