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BOE to discuss SACS, special attorney tonight

The Clayton County Board of Education will meet tonight to discuss the accreditation crisis, and the future of an attorney hired to help the school system deal with a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' (SACS) probe of the board.

The meeting will take place 24 hours later than originally planned. The board was scheduled to meet on Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m., at the school system's Central Administration Complex, 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro, but that meeting was canceled earlier in the day.

The board has been under fire for months as community, business and county leaders, SACS officials, and two state liaisons from Gov. Sonny Perdue have called for resignations from all board members. Glenn Brock, the attorney brought in to coordinate the district's response to SACS, told board members in February their continued service on the board could be a road block to retaining accreditation.

The board has until Sept. 1, to meet the SACS' nine mandates for improvement, or at least show significant progress toward compliance. The school system will lose its accreditation if the mandates are not met.

- Curt Yeomans