Two county schools could bag statewide honor

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Two county schools could bag statewide honor

By RACHEL HEATON
rheaton@beaufortgazette.com
Published Wednesday, November 16, 2011   |  478 Words  |  

Two Beaufort County schools have made the semi-finals in a competition to be named the best in the state.

Beaufort Middle School and Hilton Head Island High School could be among four "Palmetto's Finest" winners in a contest held by the S.C. Association of School Administrators and its partner, Carolina First Bank.

The two schools were up for the award last year, too. Beaufort Middle School progressed to the finals, but ultimately didn't win the award.

The schools will be judged from a 20-page application and visits from an evaluation committee.

A committee visited Hilton Head High Wednesday. The group observed teachers in classrooms and interviewed parents, students and teachers. Everything went smoothly, principal Amanda O'Nan said. Going through the same process last year helped, she said.

O'Nan said she thinks her school has an edge this year, given its recent jump in state report cards. The school's state report card rating rose two levels this year, from average to excellent.

"I feel like we're deserving of the award," she said. "I feel like we are Palmetto's Finest."

Beaufort Middle School principal Carole Ingram could not be reached for comment.

The school administrators association has given the award annually since 1978. Two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school win the award.

The award recognizes schools that have excellent instruction, strong leadership and community involvement, according to association's website.

The only Beaufort County school that has won the award was Shell Point Elementary in 1998, according to the site.

The schools will be notified in January if they advance to the finals and if they do, a second site visit will be made. Winners are announced in March.

"Now we just wait until January, and then we bring it home," O'Nan said.

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