Maintenance and Operations

Maintenance and Operations maintains, repairs, and operates buildings and grounds efficiently and effectively, and in a manner that promotes learning in a safe, clean, and healthy environment for the students and staff of Waukegan Public School District 60.

Maintenance and Operations Department Welcome

Otis Hickman: Hello, I am Otis Hickman, Director of Operations For Waukegan Public School District.

The Operations Department is directly responsible for the infrastructure of all 28 buildings within the school district.

We provide a safe environment for all staff, and students through regular inspections of facilities with staff and the Regional Office of Education.

We must be in compliance with all existing fire codes, building codes, and Illinois plumbing codes.

We maintain communications with all local fire and police departments and other city, county, and state agencies.

We maintain all Building rentals.

Operations employs 88 full time custodians, 20 temporary custodians, 30 full time maintenance workers with includes HVAC, Mechanic, Locksmith, Carpenter, Plumber, Assistant Engineer, Electricians, Asbestos workers and utility workers

Operations has 6 management, which includes the Director of Operations, Assistant Director of Operations, Construction Manager, Maintenance Manager, High school/ Middle school Manager, and Night supervisor, School Dude Specialist and Office Specialists.

Operations department is currently in the planning stages to start a 10 year $116 million dollar district wide capital improvement infrastructure project for the summer of 2020. All buildings will have improvements annually for the next 10 years with the current plan.

If you have any questions about the operations department you can reach out to our department at 224-303-3650.


Otis Hickman - Director of Operations
Waukegan Public School District 60

1201 N. Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: (224) 303-3652
Fax: (847) 360-5642
Email: ohickman@wps60.org

David Gonzalez
Assistant Director of Operations

Phone: (224) 303-3654
Email: dgonzalez@wps60.org

Brenda Durben
School Dude Specialist

Phone: (224) 303-3651
Email: bdurben@wps 60.org

Kevin Kruckeberg
Construction Manager

Phone: (224) 303-3653
Email: kkruckeberg@wps60.org

Jim Sheppard
Maintenance Manager

Phone: (224)303-3654
Email: sheppard@wps60.org

Jesse Nickerson
General Supervisor

Phone: (224) 303-3650
Email: jnickerson@wps60.org

Tanja Lloyd-Blaustein
Operations Specialist

Phone: (224)303-3650
(224)303-3664
Email: tlloyd-blaustein@wps60.org

Roberto Ochoa
Custodial Supervisor
Phone: (224)303-3655
(224)629-6437
Email: rochoabarajas@wps60.org

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