Bluffton is now in the running for the 2020 Dick and Tunky Riley Award

Bluffton Middle SIC makes the Honor Roll
Posted on 01/09/2020
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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Bluffton Middle School Improvement Council
honored among South Carolina’s best for 2020

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

Bluffton Middle School’s SIC was named today to the South Carolina School Improvement Council’s 2020 Honor Roll for its work in fostering civic engagement in public education.

Bluffton Middle School’s SIC will continue in the running for the 2020 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence.  Five finalists from this year’s list of 10 Honor Roll SICs will be selected in March, with one of those finalists announced in April as the winner of the annual Riley Award for SIC Excellence.

Now in its 19th year, the award is named for the former US Secretary of Education and South Carolina governor and his late wife, and recognizes the contributions made by more than 1,100 local SICs and their nearly 13,000 members across the state.

Bluffton Middle School’s SIC also made the Honor Roll in both 2016 and 2017 and was a finalist in 2017.  Two district SICs have won the statewide award in recent years:  Hilton Head Island Middle in 2019 and Okatie Elementary in 2014.

The other nine Honor Roll SICs announced today were: Academic Magnet High (Charleston County); Bookman Road Elementary (Richland District Two); Chapin Middle (District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties); Flowertown Elementary (Dorchester District Two); Millwood Elementary (Sumter County); Pine Grove Elementary (Richland District One); Pontiac Elementary (Richland District Two); Round Top Elementary (Richland District Two); and St. James High (Horry County).

“These School Improvement Councils have demonstrated their dedication and excellence in supporting the success of their schools,” said SC-SIC Board of Trustees Chair Dora Leonard. “We applaud their noteworthy efforts and thank them – and all SICs across our state – for the positive and lasting difference they make each day for their schools, parents, and students.”

“The value of our state’s SICs cannot be stressed strongly enough,” said Tom F. Hudson, SC-SIC Executive Director. “When parents, community members, educators, students, and others work together on shared goals for the benefit of all, the positive impact is tremendous. I am very proud of the work and accomplishments of our Honor Roll SICs this year.”

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.

Information on the Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence and award winners from previous years can be found online at SC-SIC.