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Maintenance & Operation

Alfonso Pena Alfonso Peña
Facilities Maintenance and Operations Department Director
(956) 473-7934



The United Independent School District Maintenance and Operations Department is comprised of 135 employees, highly trained, skilled and licensed professionals that are specialized in their fields, dedicated to providing the best learning environment for the children that attend our school district. We maintain 52 schools, 188 portable buildings and 17 student support office buildings for a total of 6,637,844 square feet and growing. We work closely with city, state and federal agencies to make sure all building guidelines are met.

Our operation includes 74 service vehicles that transport our craftsmen and their equipment to the school campuses and repair sites. Our service area encompasses 2,448 square miles. We also rely on 45 trailers to move equipment and materials, 13 mowers to maintain our grounds and a list of other heavy equipment that has been acquired throughout the years to enhance and facilitate the upkeep of our districts growing needs.

We maintain a web-based work order system to expedite repairs and track preventive maintenance; while at the same time cutting down of paper waste. This system provides valuable information in identifying problem areas, equipment failure rate, and aids in budgeting. We process about 2,500 to 3,000 work request per month on average.

We also keep a warehouse, independent of the districts supply warehouse, of parts and material specific to our department. This warehouse inventory is linked to our work order system. It provides checks and balance for our materials and tracks costs per work order.

Other shops in our department include the carpentry shop, were special fine woodwork is built to meet unique district needs, the welding shop which supports the departments welding needs and the mechanic shop which repairs and services all of our grounds equipment.


Our goal is to provide 100% building functionality so that its occupants can accomplish their respective tasks in a safe and comfortable environment.

In short, each employee is encouraged to succeed and be the best. If this is achieved all department and district goals will be met.


Our Department employs the following disciplines:

  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Irrigation
  • Alarm
  • Public Address Systems
  • Fire Alarms
  • Security Alarms
  • Construction
  • Building Trades
  • Carpentry
  • Welding
  • Locksmith
  • Cabinetry
  • Masonry
  • Heavy Equipment Operation
  • Mold / Environmental cleanup Crew
  • Groundskeeping
  • Landscaping
  • Small Engine Repair

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