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SCSBA and District Five recognize Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission as Champion for Public Education


IRMO, SC - The South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) in conjunction with Lexington-Richland School District Five honored the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission (ICRC) with a Champions of Public Education Award at the District’s November School Board meeting. Kathy Coleman current President of SCSBA made the presentation, lauding ICRC for their support of public education. Accepting the award for the ICRC were Executive Director, Elizabeth Taylor and Recreation Superintendent, Jack Terrell.

District Five’s board members nominated the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission for the award, which is presented to community residents, organizations or local businesses/industries whose support of and contributions to public education have significantly benefitted the school district or public school statewide. The nomination reads, “The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is clearly focused on taking actions that are in the best interest of the community. We can always count on ICRC to provide advocacy, support and resources to school and district projects and services.”

“The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission’s support of the students and staff of District Five shows exactly what it means to be a Champion for Public Education,” said SCSBA Executive Director Scott Price. “On behalf of the South Carolina School Boards Association, I want them to know how much their efforts are appreciated.”

ICRC and District Five work closely together in service to the youth of the community. The partnership, through a district-commission agreement, allows the district and commission to share facilities and leverage resources to better serve the children of the community. ICRC programs and community outreach contributes to the physical well-being, emotional wellness and academic success of the children in the community.

Some recent support highlighted in the nomination includes: opening many of its parks and fields to athletic teams at no cost to the district so that athletic practices could continue during recent school construction; supporting the Environmental Science Magnet Program at Dutch Fork Elementary School by providing educational materials and outdoor classrooms; and providing advocacy for District Five by participating on 14 of the 23 district Student Improvement Councils.

District Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Hefner said, “We are so proud of the partnership we have with the ICRC. It demonstrates the power of working together for the common good. Thanks to Elizabeth Taylor and the entire ICRC team for their tireless support of our children and families.”

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