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School District Five school named as finalist for Palmetto’s Finest Award

For Immediate Release – January 22, 2020



School District Five school named as finalist for Palmetto’s Finest Award

IRMO – Dutch Fork High School has been named as one of seven finalists for the 2020 Palmetto’s Finest School award.


Dutch Fork High School was selected after extensive evaluations by fellow educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners. The school is now undergoing a second onsite evaluation.


Last fall, 17 South Carolina schools submitted a 20-page application followed by an onsite examination visit from a review committee. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities and school culture.


“Palmetto's Finest is a rigorous annual competition highlighting public schools,” said School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton.  “With each phase of this competition, peer evaluators from across the state review the entire school program of each applicant.  Dutch Fork High is commended for their pursuit to seek external feedback for the quality of their programs. For School District Five to have a finalist is a celebration for our entire district.”


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 42nd year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.


 "We are so honored to be named a finalist,” said Dutch Fork High School principal Dr. Gerald Gary. “I am so proud of our students, staff, parents, and community for their hard work at Dutch Fork High School. Everyone has contributed to the success of our school. It truly is a team effort!" 


 Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.


“We are excited to recognize some of the outstanding and innovative schools in our state. They represent the many excellent school communities serving South Carolina’s families,” said Beth Phibbs, SCASA Executive Director.


SCASA, the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, has more than 4,400 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.