Tuesday, April 8, 2014
I was very honored to be invited by Principal Christopher Swetckie at Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School and his staff to attend a March 26 assembly at the school in Goose Creek.
Each spring since 1978, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators has recognized a few schools which offer excellent instruction and outstanding leaders, along with strong family and community involvement and a supportive business community. Howe Hall was recognized for finishing second in the category of Special Schools out of a pool of finalists for the 2014 Palmetto’s Finest School Awards.
The SCASA presents the awards each year to schools that 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. Last fall, 17 South Carolina schools submitted 20-page applications and received an onsite examination visit by a review committee. The nine finalists had a second onsite evaluation. The finalist schools gathered on March 26 to learn which had won top honors. SCETV streamed the announcement live to each of the finalist schools.
Congratulations to the Berkeley County School Board, Dr. Rodney Thompson, the district staff, Principal Swetckie, the teachers, students, parents and community supporters of Howe Hall School. I am very pleased the Berkeley County School District was recognized as having one of the most outstanding and innovative schools in South Carolina. This recognition represents the many excellent school communities we have serving Berkeley County and the outstanding job that is being done to educate our youth.
William W. Peagler III
Mayor, Moncks Corner