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COLUMBIA—Nine South Carolina schools are finalists for the 2014 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Awards after extensive evaluations by fellow educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and school culture.

Last fall, 17 South Carolina schools submitted a 20-page application and received an on-site examination visit by a review committee. The 9 finalists are now undergoing a second on-site evaluation.

The finalist schools will gather in their schools on Mar. 26 to learn which have won the top honors. SC ETV will stream the announcement live to each of the finalist schools.

The 9 finalists include Midland Elementary School (Horry County), Okatie Elementary School (Beaufort County), Boiling Springs Middle School (Spartanburg District 2), Forestbrook Middle School (Horry County), Landrum Middle School (Spartanburg District 1), Camden High School (Kershaw County), Clover High School (York District 2), Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science (Fairfield County) and Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School (Berkeley County).

The SC 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 36th year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.

“We are pleased to offer this recognition for outstanding and innovative schools. They represent the many excellent school communities serving South Carolina’s families,” said Molly Spearman, SCASA executive director.

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