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Sumter County schools earn accreditation

Donnie Smith, School Superintendent Donnie Smith, School Superintendent
Victoria Harris, Parent & Board member Victoria Harris, Parent & Board member

After being on probation for two years, the Sumter County school system finally has their accreditation.

The two-year stint in limbo put student's futures in danger.

"That could have meant the loss of opportunities for scholarships," said School Superintendent Donnie Smith. "Possibly admittance to universities within the state and elsewhere."

On Tuesday, the probation was lifted, putting educators, parents and students at ease.

"I'm excited, for our children, the entire community," said parent and board member Victoria Harris.

Smith says the probation stemmed from the community's displeasure with the communication barrier between the board and the parents. The school system was also required to reduce its number of districts, putting jobs on the line.

"They filled a lawsuit to keep their seats," Smith said. "There were some lawsuits filed by community members, the board sought injunctive relief on a couple of occasions. "

The district change from 9 to 7 will take place January of 2015.



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