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Okatie Elementary SIC named winner of 2014 Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence

photo - 2014 Riley Award winner Okatie Elementary School
Representatives of the Okatie Elementary School SIC are presented with the
2014 Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence by Secretary Dick Riley
L - R: Emily Bierman, SIC cochair, Marva Neal, Assistant Principal, JulieAnn Aaron, Teacher,
Loretta Kefford, Community Member

The School Improvement Council (SIC) of Okatie Elementary School in Okatie (Beaufort County School District) has been named the recipient of the 2014 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence.

In the last school year, the Okatie Elementary SIC took steps to enhance communication with parents on school district issues and decisions, specifically those related to rezoning issues in this growing area. SIC members and school administrators participated in the school board’s Bluffton Community Committee, working with other SICs and community members to discuss new school needs, rezoning and community involvement in the process. This SIC also established Ladies and Gentlemen’s Club Mentoring Programs for identified students, partnering with school staff and community leaders to empower boys and girls by growing self-esteem and confidence. The SIC collaborated with the school’s PTO, a local church and the Lowcountry Food Bank on the HOOT Bag program, a food donation effort serving 20 identified school families with a box providing a week’s worth of food each month. Additionally, the SIC worked to improve procedures and safety of student car rider drop-off and pickup, to include traffic direction, improved signage and a no cell phone use policy.
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Dick and Tunky Riley Award 
for
School Improvement Council Excellence

photo of Riley Award trophyThis award was created by the SC-SIC Board of Trustees in honor of former SC Governor and US Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley and his wife, Tunky, in 2002.  The annual award recognizes School Improvement Councils for outstanding achievement and civic engagement on behalf of their school.

The awards process has three levels. In Level One, SICs tell the story of their accomplishments in the previous school year through a Case Statement. Level One applications count for 100 points. SICs scoring at least 85 points at this level will be entered on the SIC Honor Roll and will receive a certificate of achievement. Up to 20 of the Honor Roll SICS will be chosen as semi-finalists to compete in Level Two, worth 50 points, which provides additional evidence that a council is in compliance with state law and SC-SIC guidelines. Five of the semi-finalists will be chosen for the Winners Level. An independent panel of judges will evaluate the five finalists and choose the Riley Award winning SIC. The remaining finalists will receive Honorable Mention awards.

Apply for the Riley Award - Join the Honor Roll!

  • Every school applying for the Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence now has the opportunity to land a place on the SIC Honor Roll! 
  • SICs earning 85 out of 100 points in Level One of the competition will be recognized as Honor Roll SICs.
  • Honor Roll SICs will receive a special certificate from SC-SIC acknowledging their outstanding effort in building an effective School Improvement Council.
  • Up to 20 Honor Roll SICs will be chosen as semi-finalists for the Riley Award.