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Three Lexington County schools selected as finalists for Palmetto’s Finest Awards

Lexington, SC – Three schools from Lexington County school districts have been selected as finalists for the 2019 Palmetto’s Finest Awards. This selection comes after extensive evaluations by a committee of fellow educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and school culture.

Last fall, 18 South Carolina schools submitted a 20-page application followed by an onsite examination visit from a review committee. The 18 schools have been narrowed down to nine finalists and they are currently undergoing a second onsite evaluation before the winners are selected this spring. Three of the nine are in Lexington County districts.

Each school will have the opportunity to celebrate with their local community, as the winners will be announced through a live stream to each finalist school at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

The three finalists’ schools from Lexington County districts are as follows:

  • River Springs Elementary School, Lexington-Richland School District 5

  • River Bluff High School, Lexington School District 1

  • Spring Hill High School, Lexington-Richland School District 5

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 41st year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.

“We are excited to recognize some of the outstanding and innovative schools in our state. They represent the many excellent school communities serving South Carolina’s families,” said Beth Phibbs, SCASA Executive Director.

SCASA, the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, has more than 4,300 members. From professional development opportunities and research, to publications and legislative advocacy, SCASA’s focus is to support school leaders in providing the best possible education for South Carolina’s young people.

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