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Lake Murray Elementary School finalist for Palmetto’s Finest Award

For Immediate Release – January 19, 2023



Lake Murray Elementary School finalist for Palmetto’s Finest Award

IRMO – Lake Murray Elementary School has been named a finalist for the 2023 Palmetto’s Finest Award along with 9 other schools across the state.


The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and school culture. 


Last fall, 19 South Carolina schools submitted a 20-page application followed by an onsite examination visit from a review committee. The ten finalists are currently undergoing a second onsite evaluation before the winners are selected this spring.


“We are honored to be named as a Palmetto's Finest Finalist,” Lake Murray Elementary Principal Kelly Reese said. “For 25 years, the dedication of our school’s faculty and staff has remained strong and child-centered.  I'm thankful to work alongside professionals who recognize children are at the heart of all that we do. Lake Murray Elementary School is a special place not just for students, but also for the staff who love and teach them. “


The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) presents the awards each year to schools which offer the best in innovative, effective educational programs. The Palmetto’s Finest Award is celebrating its 43rd year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.
“We are excited to recognize some of the outstanding and innovative schools in South Carolina. They represent the many excellent school communities serving our state’s families,” said Beth Phibbs, SCASA Executive Director.


Each school will have the opportunity to celebrate with their local community, as the winners will be announced through a live stream to each finalist school on March 15, 2023. 

“We are extremely proud to have a Palmetto’s Finest Awards finalist this year,” said School District Five Superintendent Dr. Akil E. Ross, Sr. “Honors and accolades like these are not possible without the combined efforts of students, staff, parents and the entire community working to make our schools the best they can be.  It’s a testament to the great schools we have, and the entire School District Five community celebrates this recognition for Lake Murray Elementary School.”

SCASA, the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, has more than 5,000 members. From professional development opportunities and research to publications and legislative advocacy, SCASA’s focus is to support school leaders in providing the best possible education for South Carolina’s young people. As a state affiliate of three national associations for school leaders, SCASA also works on the national level.