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Mayo High School named a 2018 Palmetto’s Finest Schools finalist

on Tuesday, 23 January 2018. Posted in Good life, News, Education, Local News

Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology is a one of 12 finalists for the Palmetto’s Finest Schools Awards, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) announced last week.

SCASA named the finalists after extensive evaluations by fellow educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners. The application process included elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities and school culture.

“We are honored to be among the 12 Palmetto Finest Schools selected this year,” said Arlene Wallace, principal of Mayo High School. “Our motto has always been, ‘Hard work pays off.’ Our students, staff and parents work together every year to ensure that this happens. Thanks to everyone in the Mayo family for their dedication, support and, of course, hard work.”

Last fall, 27 South Carolina schools submitted 20-page applications and received an onsite examination visit by a review committee. The finalists are now undergoing a second onsite evaluation.

The finalist schools will gather in their local communities on March 20 at 1:45 p.m. to learn which have won the top honors. The announcement will be streamed live to each of the finalist schools.

The finalists are:

• Batesburg-Leesville Elementary, Lexington County School District 3

• Brushy Creek Elementary, Greenville County Schools

• Joseph R. Pye Elementary, Dorchester County School District 2

• Scranton Elementary, Florence County School District 3

• Westcliffe Elementary, Greenville County Schools

• Alston Middle, Dorchester County School District 2

• Chapin Middle, Lexington-Richland School District 5

• Pleasant Hill Middle, Lexington County School District 1

• Chapman High, Spartanburg County School District 1

• J.L. Mann High, Greenville County Schools

• River Bluff High, Lexington County School District 1

• Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology, Darlington County School District

SCASA presents the awards each year to schools that offer the best in innovative and effective educational programs. The Palmetto’s Finest Award is celebrating its 40th 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,” said Beth Phibbs, SCASA executive director. “They represent the many excellent school communities serving South Carolina’s families.”

SCASA is the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, with a membership of more than 4,200. For more information, please contact Hannah Pittman with SCASA at 803-798-8380.