"The changes that occurred, whether it was with the human resources director, or assistant superintendent of instruction... I don't work with them directly," he said. "I work mostly with [assistant superintendent of business services] Dean West and [Supt.] Sherine Smith."
Doughty provided the district with leadership and industry knowledge, West said in the news release.
"[Doughty] set a higher standard for landscaping," West said. "He recaptured and renovated a space for our cafeteria at Thurston Middle School that is a fresh and inviting venue to serve appealing offerings. Ted has led our emergency-preparedness operations by coordinating with law enforcement, evaluating each site, making revisions to policies and practices, and adding enhanced safeguards at each site."
Smith said Doughty told her earlier this month that he would be leaving.
"I was surprised, but given his personal circumstances, I understand," Smith said.
Doughty's departure comes at a pivotal time for several facility projects, including the Laguna Beach High School tennis courts, which are cracked and in need of repair.
What type of repair will eventually be done is in question after a revised budget came in at about $480,000 more than the initial estimate.
The city and school district share use of the tennis courts, but the city cannot commit additional funding.
West has been working with Doughty on the courts and will assume oversight of the project, Smith said.
The district will begin to recruit for Doughty's replacement in April and hopes to bring a candidate before the board for approval by late May for a mid-June start date.