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Five schools from District Five named to 2017 SIC Riley Award Honor Roll

IRMO, SC - Five School Improvement Councils (SICs) from Lexington-Richland School District Five have been named to the SC School Improvement Council’s (SC-SIC) 2017 Honor Roll for their significant efforts to foster civic engagement in public education. Those schools are Chapin Elementary, Chapin Intermediate, Chapin Middle Harbison West Elementary and Nursery Road Elementary School.

“With only 16 School Improvement Councils recognized statewide, our district continues to excel by engaging families and connecting with the community to ensure all of our students are supported so they can succeed in school and in life,” said Bunnie Ward, Harbison West Elementary School’s SIC Chair. “It truly takes a village. I challenge everyone to find some way, large or small, to reach out and engage.”

Chapin Middle School SIC Chair Reggie Salazar added, “What an honor it is to be one of five District Five schools to be recognized on the SIC Riley Award Honor Roll. It is a true testament to the hard work and selfless service of Chapin Middle School’s civic volunteers. In collaboration with CMS staff, faculty and students, their dedication and commitment to excellence in improving public education is phenomenal.”

These Honor Roll SICs will continue in the running for SC-SIC’s annual Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence. 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 the vital contributions made by more than 1,200 local SICs and their nearly 13,000 SIC members across the state.

Chapin Intermediate School principal Vann Holden has been amazed to see how well the SIC has served the school and was elated that CIS was named an Honor Roll School. “Our School Improvement Council has been a vital part of collaborating to customize all aspects of our school to meet the unique needs of the students we serve. This award celebrates the commitment of our school and community to create lasting partnerships and ensure our students receive the highest quality education. Thanks must be given to our parents, teachers and community members for making Chapin Intermediate School such a success!”

School Board Chair Robert Gantt was thrilled that so many District Five SIC were being honored. "School Improvement Councils are vital to the success of our schools. Our parents and community partners provide expertise, support and insights that make our schools better. Congratulations to all our Honor Roll schools and thanks to all those individuals who serve on School Improvement Councils."

Five finalists from this year’s list of Honor Roll SICs will be selected in February, with one to be announced as the winner of the annual Riley Award for SIC Excellence in March. School Improvement Councils were established in state law 40 years ago. Part of the Center for Educational Partnerships within the University of South Carolina College of Education, the SC School Improvement Council provides the member training, technical assistance, statutory accountability, and other operational resources necessary for the continued success of the community-based SICs in each of the state’s K-12 public schools.


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