FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 15, 2016
Bluffton Middle’s School Improvement
Council named finalist for state award
BEAUFORT – The School Improvement Council at Bluffton Middle School is one of five finalists for the 2017 Dick and Tunky Riley Award, a statewide honor that recognizes SIC accomplishments in parent and civic engagement within school communities.
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 the state’s 1,200-plus public schools.
“This is a wonderful recognition for Bluffton Middle School’s SIC, for the school’s leadership and for the entire school community,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.
Beaufort County School Improvement Councils have been honored as Riley Award finalists in three of the last four years, including H.E. McCracken Middle in 2016 and Okatie and Port Royal elementary schools in 2014. Okatie Elementary’s SIC went on to win the 2014 Riley Award.
The 2017 Riley Award winner will be selected from this year’s five finalists by an independent panel of reviewers and announced during the SC-SIC Annual Meeting on March 18 at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia.
In addition to Bluffton Middle School, the other four SIC finalists are Harbison-West Elementary (District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties); South Florence High (Florence District 1); South Pointe High (Rock Hill District 3); and St. James Elementary (Horry County).
“We congratulate these School Improvement Councils on the outstanding work they have done for their schools and students,” said SC-SIC Board of Trustees Chair Amelia B. McKie. “When parents, educators, students, and community members come together to share their ideas and efforts for our schools, we all benefit – especially our children.”
The five finalists were chosen from 10 Honor Roll SICs named last month. Hilton Head Island High’s SIC was among those named to the Honor Roll.
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.