The Comptroller's Silver Hammer Award
As a member of the Board of Public Works, which approves the state's annual Public School Construction Program, Comptroller Franchot is proud of the state's unprecedented capital investments in education.
However, state and local governments continue to feel the severe effects of our national recession, and in these times of tough choices, we simply lack the money to meet all new construction priorities. In order to maximize the lifespan of our state's existing public school facilities -- and to ensure that children who attend school in older buildings have the same positive learning experience as their counterparts in newer ones -- we must renew our commitment to superior public school maintenance.
Through the Comptroller's visits to public schools across our state, he has seen many examples where effective maintenance - including simple and affordable investments like a fresh coat of paint, new carpeting or a good power washing -- have made a world of difference. In addition to providing communities with a renewed sense of pride in their schools, research has confirmed the obvious and positive impact that clean, attractive and comfortable facilities have on student performance.
It is in that spirit that the Comptroller established a special recognition - the "Silver Hammer Award" - for schools that have demonstrated a commitment to fiscal responsibility through superior school maintenance.
Anne Arundel County - Overlook Elementary School
Baltimore County - Cockeysville Middle School
Dorchester County - Cambridge-South Dorchester High School
Garrett County - Southern Garrett High School
Montgomery County - Captain James Daley Elementary School
Talbot County - Chapel Hill Elementary School
Frederick County - Oakland Middle School
Prince George's County - Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
Saint Mary's County - Oakville Elementary School
Wicomico County - Northwestern Elementary School