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Carver and Moore named Palmetto's Finest Finalists

Two schools in Florence 1 have been named among the best schools in the state by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). Carver Elementary School and John W. Moore Middle School were among the ten finalists announced Wednesday afternoon for the Palmetto’s Finest Award.

According to SCASA, these ten schools represent the best in innovative, effective educational programs.

“We are very excited to be considered a Palmetto Finest Finalist school,” said Carver Principal Josie Little. “Our teachers are dedicated to making sure our students receive challenging but engaging instruction. We also have a great deal of support from our parents. We all truly believe in our motto that states, "Carver is a great place to learn." 
The Palmetto’s Finest application process includes a 20-page application as well as an onsite visit from the review committee. 

“We at John W. Moore Middle School are honored to be selected as a finalist for the Palmetto’s Finest Award,” said Principal April Leroy. “This recognition validates what we do every day for our students. The faculty, students and community are proud of our school and believe we have what it takes to be a Palmetto’s Finest school. At Moore, we are Lion Proud! Lion Strong!”

It has been nearly thirty years since a school in Florence 1 received the Palmetto’s Finest Award. Timrod Elementary School was the most recent winner. Finalists will have a second visit before winners are announced by SCASA via livestream on March 15th.

The Palmetto’s Finest Award is celebrating its 43rd year.

“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.

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.


Did you know?
Florence 1 has had three schools receive the Palmetto’s Finest award.

Delmae Heights Elementary School

Royall Elementary School

Timrod Elementary School