Schools will be eligible for the 2018 Dick and Tunky Riley Award

BSCD home to two of South Carolina’s top School Improvement Councils
Posted on 01/10/2018
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

District boasts two of South Carolina’s top
School Improvement Councils for 2018

BEAUFORT – For the second straight year, Beaufort County is home to two of South Carolina’s top School Improvement Councils. 

The SICs at Hilton Head Island Middle and Hilton Head Island High schools were named today to the South Carolina School Improvement Council’s 2018 Honor Roll for their work in fostering civic engagement in public education.

The two SICs will continue in the running for the 2018 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence.  Five finalists from this year’s list of 19 Honor Roll SICs will be selected next month, with one to be announced in April as the winner of the annual Riley Award for SIC Excellence.

Hilton Head Island High’s SIC also made the state honor roll last year.  Bluffton Middle School’s SIC made the honor roll in both 2016 and 2017 and was a finalist in 2017.  The last district SIC to win the Riley Award was Okatie Elementary School’s in 2014.

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.

“Having two of the state’s top SICs says a lot for our outstanding parental support, and marking that accomplishment in two consecutive years is quite an achievement,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “The parents and educators and community members at both of these schools should be very proud.”

Other South Carolina districts that placed schools on the state SIC Honor Roll were Berkeley County, Florence District 1, Florence District 3, Greenville County, Horry County, Kershaw County, Lexington-Richland District 5, Oconee County, Richland District 1, Richland District 2, Rock Hill District 3, Saluda County and York District 4 (Fort Mill).

“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.”

“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.