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SACS Happy With Montgomery Co Schools
Wednesday, 09 April 2014

April 9--  The Montgomery County school system has overcome years of political infighting with a clean bill of health from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)/AdvancED.

The school system underwent its five-year accreditation review this week by educators from Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina and team leader Dr. Julie Von Frank says its clear the school board is doing its job.  The findings were presented at a called board of education meeting Wednesday afternoon.

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"They have worked really hard and the board has worked to become a cohesive unit.  While everything is a work in progress because we are all human beings and are not going to agree on every issue, they have come so far in their board training and in understanding their roles and responsibilities.

"They are a wonderful board right now and we are recommending the school system be fully accredited," she said. 

The team interviewed 108 people during their visit, including parents.

"We interviewed 15 or 16 parents while we were here and they we all so positive about the schools.  In the past they said their children were not excited about coming to school but now they want to stay at school all day and stay for activities after school.  I think that says a lot for the changes which have occured during the past three years," Dr. Von Frank observed.

School Board Chairman Jim Paul Poole says the SACS report bears out what he's known all along.

"I had no doubt in my mind that our people were not doing what they were supposed to be doing.  Our administration and our teachers have been giving these kids exactly what they need and have been continuing to improve on the quality of instruction.

"What SACS told us today shows everyone in the community that all we have in mind is better education for our boys and girls," Dr. Poole said.

The team's recommendation for full accreditation of the school system is expected to gain final SACS approval by June.

 
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