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Meet the Director of Finance

Meet the Director of Finance

Tejal Pandejee joined the School District of Philadelphia in 2009 and has served as the Finance Director of Facilities and Maintenance divisions since 2016. In this role, Tejal is responsible for managing and tracking the operating budget of the department. She oversees vendor payments, including utilities. Tejal has established policies and procedures that strengthen internal…

Meet the Program Manager

Meet the Program Manager

Crystal Lynch joined the District in September 2020 and serves as the HR/Operations Manager. She oversees Operations Payroll, the Use of Facilities function, and Staffing and Attendance Management. She also serves as an interdepartmental point of contact/liaison for Talent Support Service and Employee Relations, and as a resource for represented and non-represented Facilities staff. Crystal…

Meet the Warehouse Operations Foreman

Meet the Warehouse Operations Foreman

Christ joined the District in 1991 and has served in various roles for the last 30 years. He spent his first 15 years with us in the Warehouse Furniture Department. In 2005, Chris was promoted the Warehouse & Receiving Foreman. In this role, Chris coordinates the daily receiving operations for the district headquarters. He also…

Meet the Warehouse Foreman

Meet the Warehouse Foreman

Joe Walker started working at the School District in August 2005 as a Stock Clerk 2. During that time, he worked in the warehouse and in schools moving furniture, decluttering, picking forms, and doing deliveries. In July 2019, Joe was promoted to Warehouse Foreman. In this position, he handles decluttering of schools which consists of…

Crafting an A/C Upgrade Plan

Crafting an A/C Upgrade Plan

The Office of Facilities is in the process of developing a plan to upgrade the air conditioning status of our school buildings. This plan categorizes buildings as follows: Buildings that have sufficient electrical capacity to support the installation of additional window units Buildings that will require a full electrical service upgrade before additional window units…

Boiler Switch Over to Heating Season

Boiler Switch Over to Heating Season

As we move into the fall season, the Office of Facilities has been preparing for the upcoming heating season. All buildings are expected to have at least one boiler online by Monday, October 4, and a District-wide test on boilers will be conducted this week. Facilities will be prepared to provide heat to all schools…

Inclement Weather Plan for Snow

Inclement Weather Plan for Snow

Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and ice could be upon us sooner than we would like to think! In preparation, The Office of Facilities has been evaluating the inclement weather procedures. One key change includes District personnel being dispatched earlier in the morning to survey the conditions of the streets and sidewalks to be able to…

The Clean-Up at Gompers

The Clean-Up at Gompers

On September 16 Gompers Elementary School was the victim of a serious act of vandalism. Individuals gained access to the interior of the building overnight and carried out various acts of vandalism such as discharging fire extinguishers, breaking glass, and damaging exit signs. In addition hand sanitizer, floor tile mastic, and floor patching compound were…

Meet Vernon Palmer

Meet Vernon Palmer

Facility Area Coordinator, Network 1 Vernon joined the School District in 1997, and has served in many roles during his tenure. Currently he serves as Interim Assistant Director of Operations and oversees Network 1. Vernon is tasked with the responsibility of seeing that schools are operating in a manner which promotes cleanliness, safety, productivity and…

Meet Anthony Greene

Meet Anthony Greene

Acting Facility Area Coordinator, Network 2 Anthony joined the District in January 1995, and has served for 27 years. He began his career as a Building Engineer Trainee. Earlier this year, Anthony was promoted to FAC. When asked about his work, he said, working in Philadelphia has been satisfying and challenging, especially, during the pandemic….