Congrats to Hilton Head Island Middle and High for being selected

Two district schools among School Improvement Council's 2019 five finalists.
Posted on 03/04/2019
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Monday, March 4, 2019

District boasts two of five statewide finalists
for 2019 School Improvement Council award

BEAUFORT – Five finalists were announced today for a prestigious statewide award that recognizes accomplishments in parent and civic engagement within their school communities – and two of those five finalists are from Beaufort County.

The School Improvement Councils at Hilton Head Island Middle School and Hilton Head Island High School were named as finalists for the 2019 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence.  Created in 2002, the Riley Award recognizes 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.

South Carolina’s other three 2019 Riley Award finalists are Chandler Creek Elementary SIC (Greenville); Chapin Middle SIC (Lexington/Richland 5); and Flowertown Elementary SIC (Dorchester 2).

The winner will be selected from this year’s five finalists by an independent panel of outside judges and announced at the SC-SIC Annual Meeting on March 30 in Columbia.

“These two SICs have outstanding track records of excellence,” said Interim Superintendent Herb Berg.  “Year in and year out, they do a terrific job of working with school staff to improve how their schools operate.” 

Hilton Head Island High School’s SIC has been a Riley Award semifinalist for three consecutive years and was a finalist last year.  Hilton Head Island Middle School’s SIC has been a semifinalist for two consecutive years.

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

“Congratulations to these School Improvement Councils on this recognition of their outstanding efforts on behalf of their schools and students,” said SC-SIC Board of Trustees Chair Dora Leonard. “These SICs are evidence of the meaningful impact that parents, educators, students and community members can make when they work collaboratively on shared goals.”

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.