Cam­bridge-SD re­ceives Sil­ver Ham­mer Award

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

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.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

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