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Two District Five schools selected as finalists for 2017 Palmetto’s Finest School Award

IRMO, SC - Two schools in Lexington-Richland School District Five have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Awards. Dutch Fork Middle School and Dutch Fork High School received official notification that they are two of the nine finalists statewide for this prestigious award. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and school culture.

“We are honored to be named a Palmetto’s Finest Finalist,” said Dutch Fork High School principal Greg Owings. “This is a tribute to our outstanding students, faculty and staff. We appreciate the tremendous support that our district office, parents and community give us.”

Dutch Fork Middle School principal Gerald Gary added, “Being selected as a Palmetto’s Finest Finalist is affirmation that Dutch Fork Middle is offering a quality, comprehensive program to all of our students. We celebrate the commitment of our staff, the support of our families and the demonstration of excellence by our students.”

Last fall, those South Carolina schools that felt they were competitive for this high honor submitted a 20-page application. Later, each school received an onsite examination visit by a review committee. The review committee considered all aspects of school operations, academic achievement and student success. From all the submissions, nine finalists were selected and will undergo a second onsite evaluation. The SC Association of School Administrators (SCASA) presents awards each year to schools which offer the best in innovative and effective educational programs. The Palmetto’s Finest Award is celebrating its 39th year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among South Carolina educators.

“We are excited to recognize some of the outstanding and innovative schools in South Carolina. They represent the many excellent school communities serving South Carolina’s families,” said Beth Phibbs, SCASA Executive Director. District Five Chief Instructional Officer, Dr. Christina Melton echoed those comments. “We are very excited that two of the nine schools recognized as Palmetto’s Finest Finalists are District Five schools. This is another example of the outstanding school leaders, great staff and teachers, engaged and supportive parents and community members in District Five.”


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