FCPS Hires New Facilities and Services Head

Jeffery Platenberg will replace retiring Dean Tistadt as assistant superintendent for facilities and services.

The Fairfax County Public School system has hired Jeffrey Platenberg to replace retiring assistant superintendent for facilities and services Dean Tistadt.

Platenberg, who began his career with FCPS, is currently the assistant superintendent for support services with Loudoun County Public Schools. He takes over the FCPS job on Jan. 3.

“Jeffrey Platenberg is an experienced assistant superintendent for facilities, having worked in that capacity for Loudoun County schools since 2007,” FCPS Superintendent Jack Dale said in a statement. “His professional expertise will transfer easily to FCPS. And we are happy to welcome him back to Fairfax, where he began his career in 1985.”

In Loudoun, Platenberg oversees the operations of safety and security, food service, facilities services, transportation, the warehouse, surplus equipment, photocopying, energy and environment, and telecommunications and instruction.

He manages new school construction and renovation projects, including construction of 13 new schools; oversees the improvement of energy efficiency for school facilities and expanded sustainable initiatives; and is responsible for enhancing the security systems of schools and facilities by installing camera-phone and card access readers at entrances.   

Prior to joining Loudoun County, Platenberg worked for the Lexington County (S.C.) School District One as assistant superintendent for accountability and information-communication technologies.  

Platenberg began his career as a senior budget analyst in FCPS, where he managed the budgets of seven departments, and later served as a transportation management analyst, administering the training and operations center of the FCPS school bus fleet and managing the bus driver training center. In 1989, he was promoted to coordinator of capital project management-budget and finance, where he was responsible for the FCPS design and construction program until 1996. Platenberg administered the $100 million annual appropriation capital projects fund and supervised and directed the activities of the budget and capital projects staff. 

A graduate of George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in public administration, Platenberg earned his master’s degree from Webster University. He completed the two-year executive leadership program as part of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Institute for Educational Leadership Education Policy Fellows, and has made numerous presentations at professional conferences.

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