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TWO SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCILS IN RICHLAND TWO MAKE SC-SIC HONOR ROLL

1/5/2022

Richland School District Two has two School Improvement Councils (SICs) that are being recognized for their significant efforts to foster civic engagement in public education. The SICs at Bookman Road Elementary and Joseph Keels Elementary schools are two of seven SICs to be named to the South Carolina School Improvement Council’s 2022 Honor Roll based on their Level One applications for the Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence. 
From this year’s Honor Roll, five SICs will be selected to advance to the Winner’s Level in March.  The recipient of the 2022 Riley Award will be announced this spring.  

Bookman Road Elementary Principal Dr. Kendra Hill says the SIC found unique ways to support teachers, students and their families during the pandemic. “This past school year, SIC initiatives focused on virtual parent forums on the E-Learning impacts as it relates to social and emotional well-being. They also focused on building morale by sending words of encouragement through email to the faculty and staff twice a month as a way for the committee to thank and support the teachers for all they do,” said Dr. Hill.

“We are hopeful that the initiatives and projects our SIC has implemented will not only continue, but continually be improved upon to maintain the climate and culture that makes Bookman Road Elementary a wonderful and empowering place where we ‘light the way’ in personal character, academics, and community service,” said Bookman Road SIC Chair Faith Shehane.

Alvera Butler is principal of Joseph Keels Elementary. “Keels is a school with a 62 year tradition of excellence, and our SIC has contributed in a variety of ways to our tradition to ensure the needs of all students, parents and families are met. We are fortunate to have an SIC that brings diversity of thought and skill to the table and who are engaged in the work of improving our school,” Butler said. 

Keels SIC Chairman Malcolm Pressley added, “The SIC has been focusing on increasing parent engagement and communication, college and career readiness, and academic growth and achievement, particularly in fourth grade science. The school staff and SIC have worked very hard to achieve positive outcomes and we are elated to receive this prestigious honor.”

Now in its 21st year, the Dick and Tunky Riley award is named for the former US Secretary of Education and South Carolina Governor and his late wife, and recognizes the vital contributions made by more than 1,100 local SICs and their nearly 12,000-plus SIC members across the state.