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SACS supports school board's progress
by Bill Baldowski
February 06, 2013 04:19 PM | 1429 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In an interview last week, Clayton County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Luvenia Jackson, believed the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools would be pleased with the progress the school board had made in response to the school accreditation agency’s letter of concern sent to the board last September.

Confirmation of her belief arrived just a day later, to the relief of parents of Clayton County Public School students and employees of the school system.

In a Jan. 28 letter addressed to Jackson, Mark Elgart, president and CEO of AdvanED/SACS and the Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, said the response the Clayton County School Board had made to the letter of concern, “was adequate for the school system to move forward in preparing for, and hosting, SACS External Review Team visit.

That visit is scheduled for April.

According to Elgart’s letter relating to SACS concerns, the response of the Clayton County School Board, “documents policy and protocol development and implementation as well as confirms the hiring of a search team to provide assistance in the identification of a new superintendent,” it read.

The letter went on to say that SACS would share with the External Review Team both its letter of concern and the response to it made by the Clayton Board of Education, “so that the team may follow up on these areas during their visit to Clayton County Public Schools.”

However, Elgart’s letter added the school system still faces a significant transition with the appointment of a new superintendent.

“Training will continue to be of great importance to ensure that both new board members and current board members understand and are confident in their roles and responsibilities,” his letter said.

Jackson called the letter very positive.

Referring to the visit of the External Review Team, she said Elgart’s letter “said we are ready for their visit.”

“With the opportunities of the future in mind, it is incumbent on the [Clayton County] school system to continue to sustain the progress it has accomplished since 2009,’ Elgart said.

Prior to the receipt of Elgart’s letter, Jackson said the entire school district supported the progress made with SACS.

“We feel confident about what we are doing with our string focus on student achievement and governance, which are primary concerns of SACS,” Jackson said.

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