Comptroller Franchot to Present 2014 Schaefer Award in Garrett; Champion School Starts After Labor Day at Deep Creek Lake Business

-Comptroller to Honor WDS Award Recipient; Promote “Let Summer Be Summer”-

WHO:             Comptroller Peter Franchot

WHAT:          Comptroller Franchot will present a 2014 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award to honoree Sandy Bell, who founded an organization called Cindy’s Fund. The fund was named after her twin sister, Cindy Kutchman, who died of ovarian cancer in 2003. The organization helps Garrett County cancer patients and their families who can’t afford proper care and also covers expenses such as gas cards, hotel stays and medical/nutritional supplies.

At noon, the Comptroller will join local elected, business and tourism officials at the Lakeside Creamery to promote “Let Summer Be Summer,” a campaign to start schools after Labor Day with a goal of collecting 10,000 signatures on a petition to present to the Maryland General Assembly when it reconvenes in January. In late May, a governor’s task force recommended to delay opening the state’s public schools until after Labor Day – a proposal that seeks to extend summer vacation for a week or more in many areas. The state task force met for nearly a year and voted 11 to 4 to embrace a later start date statewide.

Last August, Comptroller Franchot released an economic impact report completed by the Bureau of Revenue Estimates regarding a post Labor Day start date for all Maryland public schools that found that a delayed start would result in an additional $74.3 million in direct economic activity in the state, including $3.7 million in new wages and a separate $7.7 million in state and local revenue.

WHEN:          Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014


WHERE:        11 a.m.                                                Noon

                        First United Bank & Trust                    Lakeside Creamery

19 S. Second St.                                 20282 Garrett Highway

Oakland, MD 21550                           Oakland, MD 21550

MEDIA CONTACT:  Barbara Sauers, 410-260-7438 (office), 410-212-9414 (cell)