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Dutch Fork Middle School receives 2017 Palmetto’s Finest School Award


IRMO, SC - Dutch Fork Middle School has been selected as a 2017 Palmetto’s Finest School. The announcement aired live on SC ETV March 21. The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) presents the awards each year to schools which offer the best in innovative, effective educational programs. The Palmetto’s Finest Award is celebrating its 39th year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.

“We are so honored to be named a Palmetto’s Finest school for the 2016-2017 school year,” said Dutch Fork Middle School Principal Dr. Gerald Gary. “Being selected as a Palmetto’s Finest school 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.”

Each spring since 1978, SCASA has recognized a few schools which offer excellent instruction and outstanding leaders, augmented by strong family and community involvement and a supportive business community. The selection process includes a comprehensive review of a school’s program focusing on the key question: “What impact is this school making on the lives of students and the community, and is it deserving of the Palmetto’s Finest Award?”

“What an accomplishment it is for Dutch Fork Middle School to be named a 2017 Palmetto’s Finest School,” said District Five Chief Instructional Officer Dr. Christina Melton. “This award is just another example of the outstanding leadership Dr. Gary and his administration have shown, the great staff and teachers they have in place, and the engaged and supportive parents and community members that collaboratively make up what it is to be Palmetto’s Finest!”

SCASA Executive Director Beth Phibbs offered her congratulations to Dutch Fork Middle saying, “The Palmetto’s Finest award winners are models of innovation throughout our state. They set the standard of excellence by creating an outstanding school culture which includes setting high expectations and providing opportunities for personalized learning.”

“We are extremely proud to have Dutch Fork Middle represent District Five as a recipient of the 2017 Palmetto’s Finest School Award,” said District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner. “An honor and accolade like this is not possible without the combined efforts of students, staff, parents and the entire community working to make Dutch Fork Middle the best it can be. The entire District Five community congratulates Dutch Fork Middle School for winning this prestigious award!”

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