Greater Easley and Powdersville News


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11/19/2020 Ribbon Cutting
School District of Pickens County Honored as Pillar of Easley

The Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce has honored the School District of Pickens County with its Pillar of Easley Award. Sponsored by Sam’s Club of Easley, the Pillar of Easley Award recognizes and honors a long-standing business that plays an active role in our community and is highly respected as an important contributor in making our community strong, vibrant and successful. 

The Easley Chamber is pleased to honor a county-wide institution that has served generations of Easley citizens. The School District of Pickens County’s mission is to promote high achievement, personal responsibility, and character development to prepare students for college, career and citizenship opportunities.

While there are many aspects of their operations, their key objective is providing top quality, 21st century education. In 2019, the District was proud to have 12 schools recognized as Palmetto Gold or Silver Award winners by the SC Department of Education. And the 2019 SC School Report Card showed 15 of their 23 schools improved their ranking from the prior year. Also in 2019, they achieved their highest graduation rate ever, with an On-Time Graduation Rate of 85%, higher than the statewide rate. And the District placed 2nd among 82 South Carolina districts in average SAT scores in 2019. 

They are also committed to ongoing innovation, investment and infrastructure. Personalized, flexible and diverse learning options are a high priority. In addition, they seek out community partnerships and best practice models, which is evidenced with their participation in a trip to Finland to gain insight about how the Finnish school model emphasizes play & wellness more than testing for elementary students. As a premier school district committed to quality education, they are truly serving as the cornerstone of economic and business development for Easley and Pickens County. 
Pease join the Easley Chamber of Commerce in honoring School District of Pickens County as the Pillar of Easley award recipient.