Hilton Head Island Middle and High schools among finalists

South Carolina School Improvement Council names 2019 Riley Award honorees
Posted on 01/14/2019
Group of people meeting

Monday, January 14, 2019

Two district School Improvement Councils
honored among South Carolina’s best for 2019

BEAUFORT – For the third 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 2019 Honor Roll for their work in fostering civic engagement in public education.

The two SICs will continue in the running for the 2019 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence.  Five finalists from this year’s list of 11 Honor Roll SICs will be selected in February, with one of those finalists announced March 30 as the winner of the annual Riley Award for SIC Excellence. 

Hilton Head Island High School’s SIC has made the state Honor Roll for three consecutive years and was a finalist last year.  Hilton Head Island Middle School’s SIC has made the state Honor Roll for two consecutive years.

Bluffton Middle School’s SIC made the honor roll in both 2016 and 2017 and was a finalist in 2017.  Bluffton Middle’s and Hilton Head Island High’s SICs made the Honor Roll 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.

The other nine Honor Roll SICs announced today were: Chandler Creek Elementary SIC (Greenville County); Chapin Middle SIC (Lexington/Richland District 5); Charles B. DuBose Jr. Middle SIC (Dorchester District 2); Dutch Fork High SIC (Lexington/Richland District 5); Flowertown Elementary SIC (Dorchester District 2); Millwood Elementary (Sumter County); Pontiac Elementary SIC (Richland District 2); Stone Academy of Communication Arts SIC (Greenville County); and W.C. Sullivan Middle SIC (Rock Hill District 3).

“These 11 SICs from across South Carolina have exhibited their commitment to supporting the success of their schools and students,” said SC-SIC Board of Trustees Chair Dora Leonard. “We congratulate them on their significant efforts and gratefully acknowledge all of our SICs across the state for the important and positive impact they make each and every day for their school communities.”

“The value and reach of our state’s School Improvement Councils cannot be emphasized enough,” said Tom F. Hudson, SC-SIC Executive Director. “The collaborative energies of parents, community members, educators, students, and other partners working together on identified needs and shared goals truly benefits us all. We are extremely proud of the dedication and accomplishments of this year’s Honor Roll SICs. 

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.

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