Comptroller awards Silver Hammer to FES
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
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.”
John George, left, a custodian at Federalsburg Elementary School, received a Comptroller’s Medallion from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.