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BOE to vote on accreditation report

The Clayton County Board of Education will decide tonight whether or not the school system is ready to send its argument for restored accreditation to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Superintendent John Thompson told the school board at a recent meeting that SACS officials wanted the district's accreditation report sent to the agency four weeks before a review team is sent to Clayton County to evaluate the board and the district. The school board must approve the report before it is sent, however, school system spokesman Charles White said.

The school board will hold a called meeting tonight, at 6 p.m., to vote on approval of the report. The review team's visit will take place April 13-15, and the deadline to send in the report is next week.

The called meeting is not the only meeting taking place today, though. The school board's recently reformed policy committee will meet at 5:15 p.m., to discuss its structure and its future meeting schedule.

The school board previously had a policy committee, but it was disbanded in May 2007, during a reorganization of the board's committee structure. At the time, the policy committee's duties were spread out among the other school board committees. The board disbanded the entire committee structure three months later, and replaced it with a work session format.

The new policy committee will consist of school board Chairperson Alieka Anderson, and school board members Pamela Adamson, Trinia Garrett and Wanda Smith.

The school system will also host two redistricting public input meetings today, at 11 a.m., and 6:30 p.m.

All of today's meetings will be at the central administration complex, 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro.

  • Curt Yeomans