SACS addresses Clayton parents over accreditation

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JONESBORO, Ga. - The Clayton County school system could face sanctions in the spring if the district does not make significant changes.

The president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, also known as SACS, met with parents Monday night at Clayton State University to discuss issues with the county’s school board.

“The board needs to govern as a whole, not just govern based on their individual interests and constituents,” Dr. Mark Elgart told parents.

Elgart said he wants the board to stop micro-managing and focus more on policy-making. He said he is also concerned about the relationship some board members have with special interest groups.

“We’ve got to stay out of the schools. We’ve got to stop trying to micro-manage, and we’ve got some people who do that,” board member Pam Adams said. “There are many outside influences. Several think that they should have a say so in what we do as a board.”

In 2008, the school district lost its accreditation because of those issues. Some parents feel SACS is picking on Clayton County, when other districts dealt with cheating scandals and criminal investigations.

“The judgment, I don’t think is fair. I don’t want to say we’re being targeted unfairly, but things don’t add up. They don’t balance out,” parent Al Laing said.

Clayton voters have their say on Tuesday in runoffs for school board members in districts two and seven.



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