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Harold C. Johnson Elementary School Improvement Council (SIC) recognized as finalist for the 2024 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence

Five South Carolina School Improvement Councils (SICs) have been named statewide 2024 award finalists for their accomplishments in parent and civic engagement within their school communities.

The SC School Improvement Council’s annual Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence was created in 2002 to recognize the significant contributions made to public education by the more than 11,000 local SIC members who volunteer in the state’s 1,100-plus K-12 public schools.

This year’s Riley Award finalists are:

  • Harold C. Johnson Elementary SIC (York School District 1)
  • Lake Forest Elementary SIC (Greenville County Schools)
  • Lemira Elementary SIC  (Sumter School District)
  • Sterling School/Charles Towne Center SIC (Greenville County Schools)
  • Stratford High SIC (Berkeley County School District)

“These five School Improvement Councils have done very meaningful work for the schools they serve, and we congratulate them,” said SC-SIC Board of Trustees Chair Stewart Cooner. “We are grateful for their support of the impact that parents, educators, and community members can make collectively for their schools and students.”  The winner of the 2024 Riley Award will be selected from this year’s finalists by an independent panel of reviewers and announced during an awards program later this spring in Columbia.

The SC-SIC Riley Award for SIC Excellence is named in honor of former SC Governor and U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley and his late wife, Tunky, and recognizes the couple’s longstanding commitment to quality public education.

Part of the Center for Educational Partnerships within the University of South Carolina College of Education, the SC School Improvement Council (SC-SIC) was established in state law over 45 years ago to provide the member training, technical assistance, statutory accountability, and other operational resources necessary for the continued success of the community-based SICs in each of the state’s K-12 public schools. Additional information on SC-SIC’s programmatic efforts can be found online at