Teton County School District No. 1 has someone new at the helm of the facilities department.
As of June 10, Deanna Harger has taken over the role of facilities director from Paul Rossolo, who retired Friday.
“I worked at GE Johnson and was on the team that built Munger,” Harger said. “I met Paul and told him I’d like to apply for your position if it opens up.”
That offhand comment came to fruition this year as Rossolo decided to retire. Harger brings experience in both the private and public sectors, having worked for Hawtin Jorgenson Architects as well as GE Johnson. She also spent time in Teton County’s administrative department, where she worked on its internal sustainability plan and energy monitoring.
As facilities director, Harger said, she wants to build on the work Rossolo did while in the position. She hopes to create more systems and find efficiencies in the district’s existing buildings.
Wyoming has a ranking system that assigns facilities a score between one and five. Harger said the majority of the district’s buildings score a three or higher, and she wants to maintain or build upon their current scores.
Most importantly, she wants to build relationships with the administrators at each school to ensure their needs are being met.
“I really want to look at existing needs and how I can support the principals,” she said. “We want to look at the buildings and see how we can adapt them to best be used in the future.”