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Florence 1 Schools receive Palmetto Gold and Silver awards

FLORENCE, SC--The State Department  of Education today announced the winners of the 2018 and 2019 Palmetto Gold and Silver Schools. Florence 1 Schools had three schools chosen to receive these awards. The purpose of the program is “to recognize and reward schools for academic achievement   and for closing the achievement gap.” For the 2017-2018 school year, Royall Elementary received the Silver Award. For the 2018-2019, Carver Elementary and Timrod Elementary Schools received Silver and Royall Elementary received Gold. “We are elated with these results,” said Florence 1 Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley. “Coming on the heels of the State Report Cards where four of our schools achieved a rating of Excellent, our schools are having a banner year.” Figures used to determine the awards includes student data over time that proves academic achievement and growth, as well as student attendance, teacher attendance and graduation rates for high schools. The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program was established in 1998 in accordance with the Education Accountability Act, section 59-18-1100. The Education Oversight Committee (EOC) and the State Board of Education present the awards to recognize schools with high levels of academic achievement, attaining high rates of growth, and making substantial progress is closing the achievement gap between student groups. “Royall Elementary was given Silver for 2018 and now received Gold for 2019,” O’Malley said. “That shows that the school’s administration, teachers and staff are not content with just being a good school, they want to be the best. That is something that we all can strive for.” Royall Elementary School is in the top 2% of all elementary schools in the state. The leadership of Royall Principal Julie Smith has been the catalyst for producing such a high achieving school. To be eligible for Palmetto Gold, schools must have a state report card rating of Excellent Academic Achievement and Excellent Student Progress; Excellent Academic Achievement and Good Student Progress; or Good Academic Achievement and Excellent Student Progress. For Palmetto Silver, schools must have a state report card rating of Average Academic Achievement and Excellent Student Progress; Good Academic Achievement and Good Student Progress; or Excellent Academic Achievement and Average Student Progress. “The rigor in our classrooms has increased and we are very happy that the state is recognizing our schools for their hard work,” O’Malley said. “Everyone in this district is embracing the four objectives of our Florence 1 in 2021 vision, which includes Superior Student Achievement and offering an array of academic options to prepare our students for their future. We are continuing to put our students first and we are making great progress.”

2019 Palmetto Silver Schools

Carver Elementary School
Timrod Elementary School

2019 Palmetto Gold School: Royall Elementary School
2018 Palmetto Silver School: Royall Elementary School