Munger Mountain Elementary School Groundbreaking

Teton County School District Assistant Superintendent of Operations Jeff Daugherty, left, hands out hard hats during the groundbreaking for Munger Mountain Elementary School in April 2017. Daugherty announced he will resign from the school district in mid-August to work in the Laramie County School District.

Teton County School District No. 1’s Number 2 is leaving.

Assistant Superintendent of Operations Jeff Daugherty announced Wednesday that he will resign his post at the district to take the role of planning and construction program administrator for Laramie County School District No. 1 in Cheyenne.

Daugherty will stay with the district until mid-August.

“I have truly loved my role at TCSD and am proud of what we have accomplished during my tenure,” Daugherty said in announcing his resignation. “I feel an enormous sense of gratitude for the operations team. I am continuously impressed by their relentless commitment to our students and their families.”

Daugherty has been with the district for four years, helming the operations department through the construction of Munger Mountain Elementary School and several smaller projects, such as the expansion at Jackson Hole Middle School. In his role as assistant superintendent, he gave monthly reports at board of trustees meetings on the operations department.

On numerous occasions, trustees noted his ability to find things to joke about, even when talking about such subjects as leaky roofs, and the impressive vocabulary words with which he peppered his reports.

As assistant superintendent of operations, Daugherty oversaw transportation, facilities and maintenance, food service, human resources and finance. He brought private sector and government experience to the role. Before starting with the district, he served as the Teton County planning director and was the area manager for First American Title for two years.

The board approves staffing changes at the district during the consent agenda, usually a part of the meeting that involves little discussion. But given Daugherty’s role at the district, Superintendent Gillian Chapman took a minute after the consent agenda was approved to laud his contributions.

Chapman highlighted his attention to detail during the building of the Munger Mountain school, as well as throughout the construction of the START bus shelters near the schools in the southern part of town. That collaboration included design work from students and a patchwork of government funding sources.

“If not for Jeff pushing that through and paying attention to all that work, it probably would not have happened,” Chapman said.

The superintendent also referred to Daugherty’s spirited reports in her comments, specifically the frequency with which he talked about the Munger Mountain sewer line, a saga that has stretched on far longer than the construction of the school itself.

“I’m sure what you will miss the most is Jeff’s ability to talk about sewers,” she said.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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