From the AJC Get Schooled blog:
In a letter today, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools informed DeKalb Schools that it intends to pay a site visit Oct. 17 -19 to address its ongoing concerns over governance and leadership and resource and support systems.
Addressed to Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson and signed by AdvancED president Mark Elgart, the letter states that while the school chief has outlined reforms under way in DeKalb, SACS remains concerned that the system’s problems “could have a significant, negative impact on the capacity of the system to realize the many improvements that are the focus of these initiatives. Consequently, AdvancED has determined that an on-site investigation is warranted and necessary to evaluate the adherence of the DeKalb County School District to to the Accreditation standards and/or practices.”
[DSW2 has the recent SACS response letter uploaded in our FILES tab on the History of SACS page. Click here to download it.]
Additionally, the AJC is also reporting that the Board quickly scheduled two meetings tomorrow seemingly to discuss a plan of action. (Or perhaps to compose another letter!)
School board schedules meeting
By Ty Tagami
The DeKalb County school board on Tuesday scheduled a meeting for Wednesday afternoon to discuss policies and legal issues and to vote on an education resolution.
The board will meet publicly at 2:30 p.m. followed by a 4 p.m. private session to discuss undisclosed legal matters. Several board policy changes are on the public agenda, plus a vote on a resolution for “quality public education.”
Also on Wednesday, at 1 p.m., a board committee will hear updates on curriculum and school staffing from Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson.