District officials announced James O’Hagan as the district’s new director of facilities at a recent Board of Education meeting.
“Based on his credentials, interview and references, we are eager to have James as a member of our school district community and look forward to working with him as a member of our team,” Superintendent Maria Rianna said.
O’Hagan, a Douglaston, Queens native, has nearly 20 years of facility management experience and most recently served as interim school custodial supervisor and maintenance mechanic for Riverhead High School. In that position, he provided oversight of bond construction, which included new boiler and heating system improvements, modernizations to the HVAC energy controls, and renovations to the cafeteria and library.
Prior to his experience in Riverhead, O’Hagan worked for more than nine years at New York Hilton Midtown as the assistant director of property operations, responsible for leading a staff in maintenance, repair and capital improvements. He said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to lead facilities operations in an “excellent school district” alongside a “dynamic management team.”
“My initial focus will be on organization of work order systems, safety and compliance, capital improvements and readiness for the winter season,” O’Hagan said. “I also want to develop positive and efficient relationships with the district’s workforce leaders, principals and administration to prioritize, manage and streamline facility needs districtwide.”
O’Hagan is also focused on initiating energy reduction programs, continuing and maintaining safety awareness, and developing realistic capital and operating budgets, all while seeking cost efficiencies. He said his ultimate objective is to apply his energy and drive, alongside the district’s workforce, to improve the schools, grounds and athletic areas of the district.
“My goal is to continue to improve the environment within our schools by delivering a high level of service to administration and faculty, along with providing motivation to the service staff,” O’Hagan said.
“There is much work to be done,” Rianna said. “I know our staff will welcome him and work together to continue to move our district forward.”