Cambridge-SD receives Silver Hammer Award
CAMBRIDGE — The maintenance staff at CambridgeSouth Dorchester High School received the Silver Hammer Award for innovative facility upkeep from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot Friday, April 22, during his visit to the school.
Franchot presented the award to the school’s staff along with school officials. School board members attended, along with acting Cambridge Mayor Donald Sydnor, Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, and Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes, D-37ADorchester-Wicomico, in attendance. Cambridge-South Dorchester is a shining example for exceptional school maintenance, Franchot said.
“I would just like to take a moment and recognize all the individuals who have ensured that CambridgeSouth Dorchester is in tip-top shape,” Franchot said. “I love each and every one of you. I’m particularly
grateful to Cambridge-South Dorchester and the superb maintenance team here for their diligent work in keeping this school in great shape. Their efforts are well recognized and documented by the rating that this school received during its most recent state inspection.
“This is a personal pleasure and priority for me to come down to Dorchester County,” he said. “This award that we give today is one of the most impor tant in the entire state of Maryland. I want to thank (Dorchester County Public Schools) Superintendent (Henry) Wagner for being the captain of this fleet. (Cambridge-SD) Principal (Dave) Bromwell is the captain of the ship.
“I would especially like to thank Mr. Chris Hauge, the school system’s facility engineer, for nominating this terrific school to be this year’s Silver Hammer recipient,” he said. “This award is a unique recognition given by state government.”
Franchot presented the Silver Hammer plaque to Cambridge-SD/Dorchester Career and Technology Center Campus Facilities Engineer Andre Beulah and DCPS Maintenance Manager Patrick Murphy.
“We appreciate this very much,” Beulah said. “This is truly an honor for our staff. We couldn’t do it without all the great people working here together.”
Bromwell thanked the school staff for their hard work and Franchot for recognizing the maintenance staff.
“We want to get better and take care of what we have,” he said. “These crews are a part of that. They do a fantastic job. We are proud of everything they do for the school, the students, the faculty and staff and the community.”
Franchot said maintaining school facilities is important because the state does not have enough money to build new schools when they would normally be built.
“The pot of money is just too limited,” he said. “Thankfully, we have schools like CambridgeSouth Dorchester that are shining examples of schools that are innovating and solving problems in a time of limited budgets by providing superior maintenance to our aging school facilities, despite our limited financial resources available, and extending by decades the useful life of buildings that we other wise would have to build new construction. That is what the Silver Hammer Award is all about.”
Wagner called Franchot a true friend to Dorchester County and Dorchester County Public Schools.
Comptroller Franchot has been a mainstay of our community in so many ways over the years,” he said. “He is a major supporter of our local businesses and our economy.
“Most notably, Comptroller Franchot has been a true friend, and an impor tant ally in our capital improvement program. As a member of the Board of Public Works, Comptroller Framchot has been a major supporter of the new construction that we have undertaken, the renovation projects and most recently, our efforts to replace North Dorchester High School. I, especially, want to thank you Comptroller Franchot for your support, with respect to that project.
“Another important aspect of our capital campaign is to maintain our facilities properly,” he said. “I know that he and Gov. (Larry) Hogan, when they look, with respect to allocation of resources, they look toward districts that do an exemplary job of keep what we have in good shape. We have some wonder ful people working for us who deserve recognition. It is very kind of you to come here and give them recognition.”
The Cambridge-South Dorchester High School campus operations staff includes Aaron Brinkley, Gelson Brooks, Lauarine Brown, Shelrita Cannon, Teresa Christi, Otis Conway, Anthony Dayton, Christina Meeder, Christopher Moore, Hattie Redmond, Tyshena Rolle, Gregory Sampson and Johnny Tilghman.
The DCPS maintenance and ground staff includes James Adams, Robert Fehsefeld, Terry Groves, Wallace Harper, Jay Jones, Gail Lantz, Patrick Murphy, Richard Rosetta, Alan Simmons, Joseph Spencer, Reginald Thomas and Richard Ward.
Sam Slacum is the project manager and athletic director for Dorchester County Public Schools. Gelson Brooks is the operations and safety manager for Dorchester County Public Schools.
Comptroller Peter Franchot, right, presents the Silver Hammer Award to Cambridge-SD Campus Facilities Engineer Andre Beulah, left, DCPS Maintenance Manager Patrick Murphy and Cambridge-SD Principal Dave Bromwell on Friday, April 22.
The word “Relentless” is printed on the back of student Emory Wongus’ Cambridge-South Dorchester shirt as Comptroller Peter Franchot, left, talks about the hard work and dedication by the school’s maintenance staff while presenting Silver Hammer Award to the school. Comptroller Peter Franchot, left, presents the Silver Hammer Award to Cambridge-SD maintenance staff Friday, April 22.
Comptroller Peter Franchot, right, greets Cambridge-South Dorchester High School students Chris Sudler, Madison Forrest and Emory Wongus on Friday, April 22.