FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 9, 2017
District boasts two of South Carolina’s top
School Improvement Councils for 2017
BEAUFORT – School Improvement Councils at 16 South Carolina public schools – including two from Beaufort County – have been named to the South Carolina School Improvement Council’s 2017 Honor Roll for their work in fostering civic engagement in public education.
The SICs from Bluffton Middle School and Hilton Head Island High School will continue in the running for the 2017 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence. Bluffton Middle School’s SIC was also on the 2016 state Honor Roll.
Named for the former U.S. Secretary of Education and South Carolina governor and his late wife, the Riley Award was created in 2002 to recognize contributions made by the 14,000-plus local School Improvement Council members who volunteer in every public school in the state.
“Our district enjoys outstanding parental support, and having not one but two SICs make the state 2017 Honor Roll is a testament to that support. “The parents and educators and community members at both of these schools should be very proud.”
Five finalists from this year’s list of 16 Honor Roll SICs will be selected next month, with one to be announced as the winner of the annual Riley Award for SIC Excellence in March.
Other South Carolina districts that placed schools on the state SIC Honor Roll were Charleston County, Florence District 1, Horry County, Lancaster County, Lexington-Richland District 5, Richland District 1, Richland District 2 and Rock Hill District 3.
“These School Improvement Councils demonstrated their hard work and commitment to supporting the success of their schools in the last year,” said SC-SIC Board of Trustees Chair Amelia McKie. “We congratulate them on their efforts as Honor Roll SICs, and we salute all of our School Improvement Councils across South Carolina for the lasting and positive impact they have on their school communities.”
School Improvement Councils were established in state law nearly 40 years ago. Part of the Center for Educational Partnerships within the University of South Carolina College of Education, the South Carolina School Improvement Council provides member training, technical assistance, statutory accountability, and other operational resources for community-based SICs in each of the state’s K-12 public schools.