On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, it was announced that Millwood had been named to this year’s School Improvement Council Honor Roll. Millwood’s School Improvement Council (SIC) joins ten other schools from around the state who are now in the running for the 2019 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence.

“Created in 2002, the annual Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence was created to acknowledge the significant contributions made to public education by the over 13,000 School Improvement Council (SIC) members who volunteer on the more than 1,100 SICs across South Carolina. The Riley Award is named in honor of former SC Governor and US Education Secretary Richard Riley and his late wife, Tunky, and recognizes the couple’s longstanding commitment to quality public education.” – https://sic.sc.gov

Here is a list of all the schools who advanced to Level Two judging round for the Riley Award: (in alphabetical order) 

  • Chandler Creek Elementary (Greenville County Schools)
  • Chapin Middle (School District Five of Richland and Lexington Counties)
  • Charles B. DuBose Jr. Middle (Dorchester School District Two)
  • Dutch Fork High (School District Five of Richland and Lexington Counties)
  • Flowertown Elementary (Dorchester School District Two)
  • Hilton Head Island Middle (Beaufort County School District)
  • Hilton Head Island High (Beaufort County School District)
  • Millwood Elementary (Sumter School District)
  • Pontiac Elementary (Richland School District Two)
  • Stone Academy of Communication Arts (Greenville County Schools)
  • W.C. Sullivan Middle (Rock Hill Schools/York County District Three)

Dr.  Cornelius Leach, Millwood’s principal, stated that he would “like to personally thank Mrs. Scott – Reading Interventionist, Ms. Williams – Assistant Principal, SIC members, and the Millwood and Sumter School District family for their hard work and dedication for getting us to the next level!!  We will begin tomorrow morning working on LEVEL 2!!”

For additional information about the award process, please visit the SIC’s web page at: https://sic.sc.gov/sic-information/sics-sic-leaders/apply-riley-award

The top five finalists will be announced on March 1st, 2019.