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Viewpoint: School improvements are welcome

We've chronicled serious problems with multiple south Georgia school boards in recent years.

From Randolph to Sumter County, from Miller to Dougherty County, it seems too many school board members are more interested in protecting their own interests or winning petty arguments than doing what's right for students.

But we shouldn't think all is lost. The Coffee County School Board was among the most dysfunctional in south Georgia, but the members seemed to have solved their problems

Two years ago the accrediting agency SACS, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, put the board on probation. Last year, the State Board of Education considered kicking all the Coffee board members out of office. All that was enough to get the board in gear.

Under the leadership of a new superintendent, board members say they got busy working together. They put students first and followed the SACS recommendations.

Earlier this month, not only was the board removed from probation, but the system earned full accreditation from SACS. After years of trouble, Coffee County school leaders are now an example that things can turn around, an example we hope school leaders from other systems follow.

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