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      Richland Northeast gets award for school excellence

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Richland Northeast High School becomes the recipient of the 2013 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement and Council Excellence.

      Richland Northeast beat out four other schools across the Palmetto State. The award was presented Saturday afternoon.

      The annual Riley Award for SIC Excellence was created in 2002 to recognize the contributions made to public education by the nearly 15,000 school improvement council members who volunteer in every public school in the state.

      The Richland Northeast High SIC has worked with school and district staff to promote the schools International Baccalaureate (IB) program throughout the community and continues efforts to enhance the physical appearance and facilities at the school.

      Last year there was a huge rezoning in our district with the reopening of Westwood High School and so our parents got together and decided that we needed to rebrand and simply tell the community what we have to offer," says Sabrina Suber, Principal Richland Northeast High School.

      Also, the SIC has worked with a marketing firm to re-brand the school and improve public perception.

      The award is named in honor of the former SC governor and U.S education secretary and his late wife.

      It recognizes the couples longstanding commitment to quality public education.