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Irmo High School named a finalist for statewide Riley Award for SIC Excellence

Mar 3, 2014

IRMO, SC - March 3, 2014 - A Lexington-Richland District Five school has been named one of five finalists for a statewide award, recognizing accomplishments in parent and civic involvement.

The SC School Improvement Council announced Feb. 27 that Irmo High School is in the running for the 2014 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence. The award winner will be announced at the SC-SIC Annual Meeting on March 22 in Columbia.

“These SICs are to be congratulated for their outstanding work on behalf of the schools and students they serve,” said SC-SIC Board of Trustees Chair Ellen M. Still. “The efforts of the parents, educators, students, and community members serving on these Councils help demonstrate the vital roles that SICs play in sharing ideas, developing strategies, and identifying resources to support our schools and our state’s children.”
At Irmo High School, SIC members have worked to actively promote student and staff accomplishments; producing a tri-fold color brochure spotlighting the school and using other marketing tools to disseminate information about Irmo High’s accolades. During the 2011-2012 school year, the Irmo High School SIC formed a four-member Positive Promotions Committee and adopted a long term goal to increase community awareness of student and staff accomplishments.

“An active SIC can have a significant effect on improving its school,” said Irmo High School SIC Chair Barbara Waldman. “The Irmo High School SIC has worked diligently to do whatever we can to advance improvements in all aspects of Irmo High School. We serve to advise the Irmo administration and help find solutions to a variety of issues … (and) we have a very active group of parents, teachers, staff members and community members serving on our SIC.”

School officials say Irmo High’s SIC has proven to be a leader in the state; making long-lasting positive impacts on students, parents, staff and the community.

Irmo High Principal David Riegel said, “As a principal new to South Carolina, I have found the SIC invaluable in learning school history and developing priorities for the school.  The SIC at Irmo cares deeply for this school and community.  Their focus has been on maintaining a positive image for the school and promoting our programs and achievements.  Dr. Waldman's leadership has been outstanding and she has been a valuable partner, as have all of the SIC members.”