• Welcome to Buildings Grounds and Security
    B Cook
    Contact Information:
    P: 724-452-6040, ext. 1629
    F: 724-452-6105
    Mr. Robert Cook
    Director of Buildings, Grounds and Security
    A graduate of Triangle Technical Institute with an associate’s degree in Architecture, Mr. Robert K. Cook has been in the K-12 construction industry as a construction coordinator for more than 23 years. Mr. Cook gained his practical experience in all phases of construction while working for Foreman Architects and Engineers and then Burt Hill Architects. Mr. Cook holds a Class III Asbestos Inspectors License and is A Leed Accredited Professional.
    In his role as buildings, grounds and security director, Mr. Cook is in charge of the nine facilities that make up the Seneca Valley School District. This includes snow removal, general upkeep and maintenance of all 141 acres of grounds and fields on the secondary campus, sustaining buildings and equipment in safe conditions, and recommending any building modifications to improve existing facilities. He is also responsible for building safety and security which comprises of captured entrances and a buzz-in system, as well as camera security which consists of the use and maintenance of 150 cameras that are located both internally and externally at every school campus. 

    Mr. Jack McDermott, Supervisor of Buildings, Grounds and Security
    724-452-6040, ext. 1630 
    Jack McDermott, a life-long resident of the Pittsburgh area, joined Seneca Valley School District as the Supervisor of Buildings, Grounds and Security in 2014.  Mr. McDermott was previously employed for more than 32 years in warehouse operations with O.K. Grocery Company, Inc. Though his primary position included equipment operation, he also served as a liaison between the company and the employees to develop mutually acceptable labor standards and was respected by both sides at the bargaining table during contract negotiations. Additionally, Mr. McDermott acquired construction and roofing experience through private enterprise.

    Ms. Anna Capone, Administrative Assistant
    724-452-6040, ext. 1616

    J. James
    Contact Information:
    P: 724-452-6040, ext. 1620
    F: 724-452-6105
    Mr. Jeffrey James
    Supervisor of Safety and Security
    Jeffrey James comes to Seneca Valley after a successful 22-year career as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. Mr. James held several high-level positions, including spending five years on the Presidential Protective Division, and serving as the Secret Service liaison to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Expertly trained in threat assessment and mitigation; physical security of facilities and persons; and emergency management and response planning, District officials feel very fortunate to welcome him to the District’s leadership team.
    In June 2018, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 44 of 2018 into law, creating a Safe Schools and Security Committee within Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). The Committee was tasked with developing the criteria school entities are to use in performing school safety and security assessments, and the creation of such a position within school districts is now a part of the law. Additional items that the committee found include, in part, communication and information sharing, greater and increased access to mental health services, integrating law enforcement and school resource officers (SROs), and providing schools with more resources. Seneca Valley is home to in-school counseling classrooms as well as two SROs on the 7-12 secondary campus who are trained and certified police officers with the Jackson Township Police Department. The District also maintains service contracts with several local police agencies to provide regular security patrols at all of our K-6 schools.

    Born and raised in North Versailles, Pa., Mr. James received his Bachelor's degree in education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, and a Master of Science degree in National Security Resource Strategy from the National Defense University's prestigious Eisenhower School in Washington, D.C.

    Mr. James resides in Mars, Pa., with his wife and children.