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SACS accreditation imminent; Title I money to be re-paid

SACS will recommend some form of accreditation for the Dougherty County School System. The school board got an initial report at the end of a three-day visit by representatives from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Wednesday.

The lengthy meeting began with a 30 minute presentation of what the accreditation found during their visit. The team will be recommending the school system be accredited. Seven people from AdvancED - an accreditation agency- spent three days interviewing, gathering data and visiting classrooms.

The school system will be evaluated on five core standards. The team gave the board their rankings of each standard and also discussed required actions. Some of those actions include reviewing policies and procedures.

All of this information will be put in a final report to be reviewed by AdvancED. A final decision on whether the school system will be accredited won't be made until December.

Velvet Riggins was at today's meeting as a board member. The Governor had removed her from the board in July after she was arrested on lunch fraud charges. She was acquitted of all charges last week.

And the Dougherty County school system is refunding thousands of dollars in misspent Title I money.   

The Department of Education sent a letter to the school system telling them to either reclassify or refund more than $134,000  in Title I funds.  Superintendent Dr. Joshua Murfree announced today that he's taking a check to Atlanta this week.  He's also inquiring about funds that they have reclassified.    

The funds in question includes controversial contracts that were not approved by the board. The board also revised a policy today to make sure funds are spent appropriately.  

The board is expected to vote on the title one budget in addition to voting on the status of five teachers named in the CRCT cheating scandal.  The board will either vote with or against the tribunals recommendations.

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