Batesburg-Leesville - B-L Elementary School has been named as a finalist for the 2018 Palmetto’s Finest School Awards. The school is one of only five elementary schools from around the state that was selected for this honor following a rigorous application process and an extensive on-site evaluation by fellow educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners.
The school will receive a second on-site visit sometime in the next few weeks and then, on March 20th, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) will livestream the announcement of the winners. Two elementary schools will be chosen to receive the prestigious award.
SCASA presents the awards each year to schools that offer the best in innovative, effective educational programs and that demonstrate “excellent instruction and outstanding leaders, augmented by strong family and community involvement and a supportive business community,” according to the SCASA website. The Palmetto’s Finest Award is celebrating its 40th year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.
"We are beyond thrilled and excited to have received this wonderful news. The staff and students of B-L Elementary School are so deserving of this prestigious award and we look forward to welcoming the next round of judges to our amazing school so that we can prove to them how deserving we are of this title. It's a great day for Lexington School District 3," said Jaime Hembree, Principal of B-L Elementary School.