Shepard, a project engineer, said he is leaving for a higher-paying job elsewhere. He declined to name the company he is going to work for, but said his title would be director of real estate and development.
His last day with the district is unknown, though he’s offered to stay two weeks, he said.
Dr. Michael Hinojosa, the district’s superintendent, said he was going to miss Shepard.
“He did a great job for us, but he got a better opportunity with better pay,” he said. “He did an outstanding job for us and not only through the SPLOST but also the redistricting. It was one of the smoothest things that we’ve handled. So, we’re definitely going to miss him.”
Shepard has been with the district for just over two years, beginning in September 2009. His base salary before accounting for furlough days is $115,000. He reported to Chris Ragsdale, the district’s deputy superintendent of operational support.
Shepard and his wife, Shawn, live in Roswell with their two young sons.
The district previously paid a private firm, the now-defunct Facility Group of Smyrna, to manage its SPLOST I and II projects, at a cost of about 3 percent of total project costs.