Seahawks School Improvement Council makes a difference

Riley Award within reach for Hilton Head Island High
Posted on 02/26/2018
SIC roundtable

Monday, February 26, 2018

Hilton Head Island High School Improvement
Council named finalist for 2018 best in state

BEAUFORT – Hilton Head Island High’s School Improvement Council was named today as one of five finalists for a statewide award recognizing accomplishments in parent and civic engagement within their school communities.

The annual Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence was created in 2002 to recognize the significant contributions made to public education by the nearly 14,000 local SIC members who volunteer in the state’s 1,100-plus K-12 public schools.

This year’s other SIC finalists are Chapin Intermediate (Lexington/Richland District 5); Saluda High (Saluda County); South Florence High (Florence District 1); and Walhalla High (Oconee County).

The winner of this year’s Riley Award will be selected from this year’s finalists by an independent panel of reviewers and announced during the 2018 SC-SIC Annual Meeting on April 14 in Columbia.

The last district SIC to win the Riley Award was Okatie Elementary School’s in 2014.

“Hilton Head Island High’s SIC was a semifinalist last year and is a finalist this year, which is a striking achievement,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “It speaks volumes about the quality and consistency of the work they’re doing.”

Hilton Head Island Middle’s SIC was also a semifinalist this year.  

“We commend these School Improvement Councils on the wonderful things they have done for their schools and students,” said SC-SIC Board of Trustees Chair Amelia B. McKie. “Working together through their SICs, parents, educators, students, and community members make a lasting and meaningful impact for the schools and young people they serve.”

“The value of South Carolina’s School Improvement Councils cannot be emphasized enough,” said Tom F. Hudson, SC-SIC Executive Director. “When parents, community members, educators, and students come together to address school needs, establish goals, and undertake meaningful activities to meet them, everyone benefits. We are very proud of what this year’s Honor Roll SICs have accomplished for their schools.” 

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.