News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Schools

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s County Health Department announced the recipients of the Gold Star Achievement Awards given annually to food services facilities that achieve superior food safety standards. All 29 St. Mary’s County Public Schools received a Gold Star Award for 2018. An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. in the Chesapeake Room, located in the Chesapeake Building at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, Maryland.

The requirements to earn the Gold Star are:
• No critical violations
• No temperature violations cited during a monitoring inspection
• All violations noted by an inspector must be corrected by a 30-day follow-up inspection
• No confirmed unsafe food handling complaints
• At least one food service worker completed a recognized and approved “Food Service Sanitarian and Safety Class” within the last two years

The following schools are the 2018 Gold Star recipients for St. Mary’s County Public Schools:

Banneker Elementary                                            Leonardtown Elementary

Banneker Early Childhood Center                         Leonardtown Middle

Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary              Leonardtown High

Chesapeake Public Charter School                       Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary

Chopticon High                                                      Lexington Park Elementary 

Dynard Elementary                                                Margaret Brent Middle

Esperanza Middle                                                  Mechanicsville Elementary

Evergreen Elementary                                           Oakville Elementary

Fairlead Academy I                                                Park Hall Elementary

Fairlead Academy II                                               Piney Point Elementary

George Washington Carver Elementary                Ridge Elementary

Great Mills High                                                     Spring Ridge Middle

Green Holly Elementary                                        Town Creek Elementary                                                                                                                                                            Greenview Knolls Elementary                               White Marsh Elementary                                                                                                                                                          Hollywood Elementary 

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...