Contact Us

  • Maintenance & Operations
    Harris County Department of Education
    6300 Irvington Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77022

    Phone: 713-694-6300

    After Hours / Emergencies:

What We Do

  • The Maintenance and Operations division is responsible for:

  • Building Repairs & Maintenance
  • Vehicle Repairs
  • Security
  • Energy Management
  • Warehouse Paper Goods & Custodial Supplies
  • Custodial Services for Building
  • Room Management Services
  • HCDE Mail Service

Maintenance & Operations supports Harris County Department of Education by maintaining and improving its campuses, offices and other learning and working environments with cleaning, landscaping, repairs and many other services.

Our Team



Degrees and Certifications:

Rich Vela

Executive Director of Facilities

Rich Vela is the executive director of facilities at HCDE. Vela earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Sam Houston State University and a master’s degree in management from Texas A&M University—Commerce. Prior to joining HCDE, Vela served as assistant superintendent of ancillary services at Tomball ISD. He is an active member of the Texas Association of Latin Administrators and Superintendents, the Texas Association of School Officials and is an advisory committee member for Crime Stoppers. 



Degrees and Certifications:

John Prestigiacomo

Director of Maintenance 

John Prestigiacomo is the director of maintenance and operations for HCDE. Prestigiacomo graduated from University of Texas in Austin with a communications degree in radio, television and film, and began his career working for a startup television network for two years. In 2003, Prestigiacomo joined the HCDE maintenance department as a maintenance worker for several years before being promoted to director of maintenance in 2017. Prestigiacomo’s professional affiliations include the Texas Association of School Business Officials and the Texas Energy Managers Association.

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Facilities Locations

  • K-12 Centers

  • Adult Education - Baytown Learning Center

  • Adult Education - Irvington Learning Center

  • Warehouse

  • Records Management Center

  • North Post Oak Building

  • Administration