2019 Riley Award winner Hilton Head Island Middle School Improvement Council
L to R: Maria Taylor, friend of Dick and Tunky Riley; Pat Freda, Principal, Hilton Head Island Middle SIC; Shannon Bedenbaugh, Hilton Head Island Middle, SIC Chair; Tom F. Hudson, Executive Director, SC School Improvement Council
The Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence
This 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 a maximum of 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. At Level Two, SICs are asked to submit additional documentation showing that their council is in compliance with state law and SC-SIC guidelines. Level Two submissions are worth a maximum of 50 points. The SICs with the five highest combined point totals from Levels One and Two will move onto 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.
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.