Visit the link to read the list. I have a raised eyebrow over this list. It seems that SACS is gunning for our board's inability to properly manage our school system. All of the questions seem to highlight board policies such as closed meetings, hiring and firing procedures, bidding and awards procedures and preventing policy breakdown with checks and balances. To quote:
A national schools group has ordered the troubled DeKalb County system to provide evidence that it is in compliance with accreditation standards.This interaction with Chair Tom Bowen is confusing:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has obtained a letter the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools sent the DeKalb school system.
The group ordered DeKalb to respond to seven questions by the end of August. That information will be used to determine if a full-scale investigation is needed, said Mark A. Elgart, SACS president and chief executive officer.
“The SACS inquiry letter is not connected to any possible loss of accreditation,” he said. “The inquiry letter seeks to get additional information from the district on whether the appropriate policies exist and were followed in response to a number of issues. ... Although SACS has the power to take away a system's accreditation, its primary function is to improve DeKalb and all systems it accredits.”And in even further testament to the new level of "transparency":
Bowen said the district is cooperating and pledged to be transparent, despite the school system refusing to release SACS’ letter to the AJC.
Board members Sarah Copelin-Wood and Eugene Walker said they had not had a chance to read SACS’ letter. Cunningham, H. Paul Womack and Don McChesney declined to comment. Board members Zepora Roberts, Pamela Speaks, and Jim Redovian could not be reached for comment.
Excuse me! Wood and Walker hadn't had a chance to read the letter from SACS?!! I think I'd put my Twinkie down and take a minute to read something this important.
I'm starting to think we're on the Titanic and our board is rearranging the deck chairs. Please, voters, vote them out in November.
On another note - (addressing comments on this thread) - yes, the new public school charter, Leadership Prep Academy will be paying over $122,000 in rent to New Birth Church for use of the "West Wing". Below is a photo of the letter to Melvin Johnson of New Birth (Melvin is also on the boards of the Leadership Academy and the private Christian school also located in the church building). Click on it to print it or view a larger version.