Comp­trol­ler awards Sil­ver Ham­mer to FES

Times-Record - - Front Page - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­record.com

FEDERALSBURG — Federalsburg El­e­men­tary School re­cently re­ceived Mary­land Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot’s Sil­ver Ham­mer award, in recog­ni­tion of the out­stand­ing work done by the school’s cus­to­dial crew and Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools’ main­te­nance team to main­tain the

81-year-old build­ing.

The award is given based on the fa­cil­ity’s score fol­low­ing a 37-point in­spec­tion by state engi­neers; Federalsburg El­e­men­tary School scored 94 per­cent on its most re­cent in­spec­tion.

“The Sil­ver Ham­mer award rec­og­nizes main­te­nance work­ers, be­cause they have saved the state hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars by ex­tend­ing the life of schools, while cre­at­ing a safe and clean en­vi­ron­ment for stu­dents and fac­ulty,” Fran­chot said at the award pre­sen­ta­tion, held Thurs­day, Oct. 13, in the school’s court­yard.

Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent for Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vices Mil­ton Nagel said the suc­cess­ful main­te­nance of the school is es­pe­cially notable be­cause it is made up of four dif­fer­ent sec­tions, the old­est of which was built in 1935, the new­est in the 1980s.

“As one com­plete struc­ture, it can be very hard to take care of, but Caro­line al­ways finds a creative way to get things done,” Nagel said. “To re­ceive this recog­ni­tion from state engi­neers speaks vol­umes.”

Fran­chot pre­sented one of his Comp­trol­ler Medal­lions to John Ge­orge, a cus­to­dian at Federalsburg El­e­men­tary School, and gave five to Nagel, to give to the five main­te­nance work­ers who take care of all 14 build­ings in the county.

Prin­ci­pal Nikki Von-DenBosch thanked the school’s cus­to­dial staff, which, in ad­di­tion to Ge­orge, in­cludes Regi­nald Len­nox, Roland Jones Sr. and Fred­er­ick Wilkins.

“We just have a won­der­ful staff,” VonDenBosch said. “They’re al­ways look­ing out for the kids.”

Fran­chot said Gov. Larry Ho­gan shares his be­lief in tak­ing care of what al­ready ex­ists in­stead of al­ways build­ing some­thing new.

“This school is an ex­am­ple of what can be done with at­ten­tion to good ol’ pick­ing up, clean­ing and main­tain­ing,” Fran­chot said.

Fran­chot said he would like to see money for school con­struc­tion one day be pri­or­i­tized for ju­ris­dic­tions like Caro­line, that have demon­strated they take care of those fa­cil­i­ties.

“We have the best stu­dents in the state,” said Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Vice Pres­i­dent Wal­ter Palmer III. “It’s nice to know they have the build­ings they de­serve.”

PHOTO BY ABBY AN­DREWS

John Ge­orge, left, a cus­to­dian at Federalsburg El­e­men­tary School, re­ceived a Comp­trol­ler’s Medal­lion from Mary­land Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot.

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