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.
Allegany County- Fort Hill High School
Anne Arundel County- Overlook Elementary School
Baltimore City- Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School
Baltimore County- Cockeysville Middle School
Calvert County- Mutual Elementary School
Caroline County- Federalsburg Elementary School
Carroll County- Cranberry Station Elementary School
Cecil County- Charlestown Elementary School
Charles County- North Point High School
Dorchester County- Cambridge-South Dorchester High School
Frederick County- Oakdale Middle School
Garrett County- Southern Garrett High School
Harford County- Patterson Mill Middle/High School
Howard County- Guilford Elementary School
Kent County- Henry Highland Garnett Elementary School
Montgomery County- Captain James E. Daly, Jr. Elementary School
Prince George’s County- Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
Queen Anne’s County- Grasonville Elementary School
St. Mary’s County- Oakville Elementary School
Somerset County- Deal Island Elementary School
Talbot County- Chapel District Elementary School
Washington County- Clear Spring Elementary School
Wicomico County- Northwestern Elementary School