Hearing held to discuss full unitary status for Valdosta Schools
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
Valdosta City Schools is one step closer to no longer being subject to mandatory oversight by the department of justice.
A public hearing was held Monday morning at the federal courthouse in Valdosta to discuss the issue. The district has already been granted a dismissal of the oversight in regards to facilities and transportation, but is now seeking dismissal of oversight when it comes to personnel.
In 2010, the Department of Justice issued a consent order to Valdosta City Schools, detailing what they must do in order to be granted dismissal of judicial oversight, otherwise known as unitary status, in the area of personnel.
The Valdosta chapter of the SCLC is against it, but the school's superintendent says they've met the requirements.
"What'll happen is, once the court's not monitoring them, they'll revert back to what they've been doing before," stated Mark George, education committee chairperson for the Valdosta chapter of the SCLC.
"We feel pretty confident that we've met all the requirements that the Department of Justice outlined for us to meet," stated Martin Roesch, Valdosta City Schools superintendent.
The judge did not set a date for when a decision will be made.