St. Mary's County Public Schools News Briefs

Administrative Appointment Announced

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael J. Martirano, announces the administrative appointment made by the Board of Education at its meeting of November 25, 2008.

The Board appointed Mr. Joseph Longobardi to the position of coordinator of transportation logistics in the Division of Supporting Services. Mr. Longobardi began coaching at Chopticon High School in 1998, but joined the school system in 2002 as a 6-8 grade teacher at Margaret Brent Middle School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Salisbury University in 2001.

November Work Hard and Be Nice Award Recipients Announced

St. Mary's County Public Schools' (SMCPS) Work Hard and Be Nice Award recognizes distinct and extraordinary accomplishments of school system employees in connection with official employment. Dedicated employees contribute to the success of the school system and our students. Award recipients enhance both the success and the reputation of the school system through their extraordinary actions.

Each month, staff members are recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty. Dr. Michael J. Martirano, superintendent of schools, is proud to announce the award recipients for the month of November 2008:

Socorro Abad
Sarah Daigle
Jeannine Finnacom
Janet Fowler
James "Jim" Ganley
Lois Howell
Nicole "Nikki" Lewis
Sonya Mitchell-Bailey
Sharon Page
Bryan Pratt
Deb Settle
Joanne Sobola
Elizabeth Stauff
"Miss Rose" Willenborg
Ed Williams

For more information about the SMCPS Work Hard And Be Nice Award program, or to nominate a school system employee, visit .

SMCPS Energy Conservation Awards Announced

On November 25, 2008, as part of our continuing efforts in energy conservation and to recognize the schools for their achievements in saving energy, schools received awards for reducing electric consumption in fiscal year 2008, compared to fiscal year 2007. Each qualifying school received $100 for each percent saved, up to five percent or $500. These funds are to be used to support their Green School Program. Dr. Michael J. Martirano, superintendent of schools, and Board of Education members presented the awards to the schools.

Schools receiving $200 for saving 2% in electric consumption are Green Holly Elementary School, Hollywood Elementary School, and Leonardtown Elementary School.

Schools receiving $300 for saving 3% are Esperanza Middle School, Lexington Park Elementary School, and Mechanicsville Elementary School.

George Washington Carver Elementary School received an award of $400 for 4% in savings.

Schools that saved 5% or more and received $500 are Benjamin Banneker Elementary School, Chopticon High School, Dynard Elementary School, Fairlead Academy, Great Mills High School, Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, Leonardtown High School, Leonardtown Middle School, Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School, Park Hall Elementary School, Piney Point Elementary School, Ridge Elementary School, Spring Ridge Middle School, Town Creek Elementary School, and White Marsh Elementary School.

The Green School Coordinators, students, and staff at these schools should be congratulated for their efforts.

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