Oconee County Schools

Operations & Student Services Division

Operations & Student Services Division encompasses many facets of life in the Oconee County Schools. It is comprised of the following: School Nutrition Program, Grounds Management, Health Services, OCS Alternative Education Program, Custodial Services Program, Facility Planning, Construction, Building Maintenance and Transportation.

Core Values and Beliefs:

  • We respect the individual and believe that individuals who are treated with respect and given responsibility respond by giving their best.
  • We require complete honesty and integrity in everything we do.
  • We make commitments with care, and then live up to them. In all things, we do what we say we are going to do.
  • Work is an important part of life, and it should be enjoyable. Being a good employee does not mean being stuffy and boring.
  • We compare ourselves to other facility organizations, both private and public.
  • We are frugal. We guard and conserve the county’s resources with at least the same vigilance that we would use to guard and conserve our own personal resources.
  • We insist on giving our best effort in everything we undertake. Furthermore, we see the difference between “good mistakes” (best effort, bad result) and “bad mistakes” (sloppiness or lack of effort).
  • We share our mistakes with others to have a common goal; we can use information to learn and grow with the school district.
  • Clarity in understanding our mission, our goals and what we expect from each other is critical to our success.
  • We believe in the Golden Rule. In all our dealings we strive to be friendly and courteous, as well as fair and compassionate.
  • We see a sense of urgency on any matters related to our customers. We own problems and we are always responsive. We are customer-driven.
Operations:  Maintenance Department 
School Nutrition Program 
Transportation Department
Student Services: Health Services
OCS Alternative Education Program
Social Services

Operations & Student Services
Jake Grant, Chief Operations Officer
Luis Varela, Director of Student Services
Wanda Pentecost, Operations & Student Services Secretary

Maintenance Department
Steven Bridenbaugh, Director of Maintenance
Debra Crowell, Maintenance Secretary

School Nutrition Program
Susan Elsner, Director of School Nutrition
Lesa Wilson, School Nutrition Secretary

Transportation Department
Duane Peterson, Director of Transportation
Debbie Allen, Transportation Secretary

Health Services
Faye Warden, Lead Nurse

OCS Alternative Education Program
Michael Youngblood

Social Services
Brian Bishop, Lead Social Worker
LeAnne Hale, System Social Worker

Vision:  Oconee County Schools will be a nationally-recognized leader in academic achievement by ensuring all students receive a rigorous, balanced education that will enable them to compete in and contribute to a global society.

Motto:  Committed to Student Success