Physical Plant Operations (PPO)

Physical Plant Operations (PPO) manages the maintenance planning and repair of the District's inventory of buildings; this inventory includes 14.8 million square feet of buildings situated on 2,600 acres of developed property.

The following departments are included in PPO: Maintenance Planning, Maintenance Services, Custodial Services, Landscape, and Integrated Pest Management. Our responsibilities cover all fixed assets within the District's property line: parking lots, lunch courts, playgrounds, underground water and sewer systems, electrical systems, communication systems, and of course, the structure itself. 

When making a work request, sites are encouraged to use the iService Desk at to create the request and track the status. Here are instructions how to make a request and how to conduct a query within the iService Desk.  When there is an emergency during business hours, call the Work Order Desk at (858) 627-7250.  For emergencies after hours, call School Police at (619) 291-7678.

All proposed modifications to a school site by volunteers require the submittal of the self-help form with the Principal’s signature.  Site self help projects and/or donations will be reviewed by PPO staff for approval.  Visit the site self help projects web site for the necessary forms and applicable administrative procedures.

All sites fall into a geographical zone: Coastal Bay, Scripps Mesa, Central City and Park View. Each Zone has a Manager and Supervisor and a staff to manage the work in that Zone. To determine which zone your site is in, and who to contact, refer to our map and the Zone Contact List.

Contact Information

John Hensley
Director, Physical Plant Operations (Interim) (858) 627-7151

Steven Ditto
Manager, Maintenance Planning (858) 627-3503

Zone Manager, Custodial Operations
(858) 627-7120

James Hallauer
Zone Manager, Landscape & Maintenance (Interim) (858) 627-7214

Work Order Desk
(858) 627-7250


PPO Mailing Address

San Diego Unified School District
Physical Plant Operations
4860 Ruffner Street
San Diego, CA 92111