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School Board approves dual accreditation

7/22/2013, 7:58 p.m.

The DeKalb School Board voted 7-2 on July 1 to approve a policy of dual accreditation for all of its high schools. David Campbell, District 5 and Joyce Morley, District 7, opposed the resolution. Under the policy DeKalb schools will apply for accreditation from the Georgia Accrediting Comission (GAC).

Many parents groups in the district wanted the additional accreditation as a safety net to protect the value of their childrens’ diplomas in case DeKalb loses loses certification from its current agency.

The timeline for GAC calls for site visits to individual high schools in February 2014, findings presented to GAC in March 2014, and an effective accreditation date retroactive to July 1, 2013.

The district has been on accreditation probation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) since December 2012 for governance issues. Since then, Governor Nathan Deal has suspended and removed six of the nine board members and replaced them with his appointees. A SACS visit in May found considerable progress toward meeting the 11 required actions for improvement. SACS will make another visit in December to update the district’s progress.