Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot was in Germantown Monday to present Silver Hammer Awards to the principal and building services staff at Capt. James E. Daly Jr. Elementary School. The Comptroller established the special recognition - the "Silver Hammer Award" - for schools that have demonstrated a commitment to fiscal responsibility through superior school maintenance.
On Monday, Franchot presented the Silver Hammer Awards to Daly Elementary School Principal Nora Deitz, Maira Garica Thompson, the Daly ES building service manager; Oswaldo Morales, assistant manager; Dennis Dorsey, Juan Cruz, and Jose Jandres, building service workers.
“We have the best building services staff in MCPS,” said Deitz. “The outstanding work that they do every day on behalf of the students, staff, and school community is just exemplary. At Daly, our motto is every student is a Daly success. The work that Maira, Oswaldo, Juan, Dennis, and Jose perform every day exudes excellence. Their individual and collective dedication to excellence and providing a safe and welcoming environment for students, staff and parents truly make our Daly surroundings amazingly awesome.”
Capt. James E. Daly Elementary School opened in the fall of 1989 at 20301 Brandermill Drive in Germantown. It is named over a Montgomery County Police Captain who was killed in the line of duty 40 years ago while pursuing a bank robber.
“Almost every week,” said Principal Deitz, “when visitors come to Daly they will say, wow, this must be a new school. And I proudly say, ‘No, she is 27 years old, and we take very good care of her. You would never know that she is an aging building.’ That is only possible because of our remarkable building service team.”
“This is one of the most important recognition awards that we give out,” said Franchot, as he handed out Comptroller Medallions to the Daly ES building services staff. “This school is 27 years old, and it looks like it was built a couple of years ago. We are a rich state, but we are not that rich. We can’t just build a new school when someone has a problem with a school. We just don’t have enough money. Taking care of what you have is so important because it extends for years and years the useful life of schools like this.”
“This is the Silver Hammer Award for Montgomery County. It is not easy to win because the state comes in and does a whole battery of tests and this wonderful school received a grade of 97 percent. The comment from the state inspector was ‘This school is very well maintained, and it looks very nice.’”
“Governor Hogan, Treasurer Kopp, and I remain committed to exercising our service obligation to the taxpayers of this state to make sure our schools are safe learning and working environments for the students, the teachers, and school personnel. It is not only our job, but everyone expects their leaders to provide oversight over our public investments and education project and make sure we are using tax dollars as needed.”
Franchot was joined in the media center of Daly Elementary other local dignitaries, including Delegate Charles Barkley, Councilmember Craig Rice, Board of Education members Dr. Judith Docca and Rebecca Smondrowski, as well as MCPS Chief Operating Officer Andrew Zuckerman, and Greg Edmundson, director, Office of School Support and Improvement, Elementary Schools.
Top: The principal and building services staff at Capt. James E. Daly Jr. Elementary School in Germantown received the Silver Hammer Award from Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot on Monday for the staff’s efforts to maintain the aging school building.
Next: Comptroller Franchot awarded Comptroller Medallions to Principal Nora Deitz; Maira Garica Thompson, the Daly ES building service manager; Oswaldo Morales, assistant manager; Dennis Dorsey, Juan Cruz, and Jose Jandres, building service workers.
Next: Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice addressed the Daly ES students and parents, along with State Delegate Charles Barkley, and Board of Education members Dr. Judith Docca and Rebecca Smondrowski.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.