Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511, ext. 32178
Dr. Jeff Walker, Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services, 301-475-4256, ext. 34136


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