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Randolph Co. Schools no longer on probation

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The Randolph County School system is no longer on probation.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS, changed the system's status from probation to advisory.

SACS is the organization that accredits schools.

It put the Randolph system on probation for two years because of budget problems and deep divisions and dueling lawsuits between school board members.

With guidance from SACS, board members and administrators had to make tough decisions, including dismissing 20 faculty and staff because of a $600,000 budget shortfall.

"There were leadership issues and they talked about how the board needs to work together and be a more cohesive unit, there's still work to be done in that area but they're making some progress with that. They required the board to go to certain kinds of training events," said Tommy Coleman, Randolph County Schools Attorney.

If the board didn't carry out the SACS recommendations by July 1, 2011, he system could have lost its accreditation and Governor Nathan Deal could have removed board members.

Board Vice-Chairman Don Smith told us the real winners are the students.

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