Maintenance and Operations

Maintenance and Operations


Mr. Gary Roakes

Supervisor of Maintenance and Operations


[email protected]


 Mr. Gary Roakes earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a certified paramedic, and has a total of 37 years serving in that role, eight of which were in the position of Captain.  Mr. Roakes served as the Director of Safety for the County of Amherst for thirteen years, and has experience as a Project Specialist while working for SSC Consulting out of Maryland. He has spent fourteen years working for First Brands/Glad Manufacturing, serving in the roles of Medical Coordinator, Corporate Safety and Environmental Administrator, Human Resources Administrator, Operations Resource, and most recently as Safety Manager. 

The Amherst County Public Schools Maintenance Department


To operate and maintain 15 buildings consisting of over 787,000 square feet, their equipment and other assets in a comfortable safe environment conducive to student learning. Monitor gas, water and electricity usage by implementing cost saving measures as appropriate. To care for and maintain over 260 acres of lawns, trees and shrubs to enhance the exterior landscapes.


The Maintenance Department is made up of various craftsmen who use their combined talents to tackle any job that is asked of them in a team spirit with pride and dedication to get the job done in a timely manner with quality and professionalism.

Our team consists of the following crafts/trades:
1 Electrician, 1 HVAC/Plumber, 1 Boiler man, 1 Painter,
1 Carpenter/Locksmith, 2 General Maintenance Mechanics,
4 Groundskeepers, 1 Custodial Driver/Mail Driver

True emergency situations such as the following should be called in immediately to the Maintenance Department at one of the numbers shown below.

Electrical sparks
Burning smells
Gas smells or unusual odors

Phone: (434) 946-9709
Or the dispatcher at
Phone: (434) 946-9707 (Transportation) until 5:00 PM.
Before or after normal working hours please call the on-call cell: 434-841-6786

Normal Hours of Operation are:

7:30 AM to 3:30 PM daily.

After normal working hours and on weekends, there is an assigned on-call technician who can be accessed for emergencies via the Maintenance cell phone. DO NOT call an individual person directly.

Work Orders: (Requests)

ACPS uses the "School Dude" web-based work order system. No work will be assigned without an authorized electronic work order. If you are an authorized user, you may access the School Dude work order program by clicking on the link below:

Go to their Website

Fill in the appropriate blanks and save/send.

If you are not an authorized user please contact your building administrator to have work orders entered. In an Emergency, please contact Maintenance directly.