Clayton seeks systemwide accreditation through review

JONESBORO — The Clayton County School System is attempting to regain systemwide accreditation this week.

School spokesman David Waller said the district has not had a systemwide accreditation review with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 2008.

The review came after a turmultuous decade of ups and downs for the district. It lost its accreditation in 2008 over concerns about school board governance.

Accreditation was restored in 2009 and the district was subsequently placed on two years probation. It was placed on probation before — in 2003 for similar board governance issues.

Waller said the district has been in the clear since 2011 and has operated under school-level accreditation.

Members of the SACS review team conducted interviews Monday with administrators and board members. He said the team spent time in schools Tuesday.

“The process is going along well,” Waller said. “We feel very positive about how things are going. The team is certainly doing a thorough investigation.”

This week’s review is part of SACS’s routine five-year accreditation review.

If the team recommends the systemwide accreditation, and it is approved, the district would begin the five-year term July 1.

Waller said the team will present its initial report to the board Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

“We should know for sure within a month,” he said.

School board member Mark Christmas of District 2 came to office in January. He said he is hopeful for a good review.

“We’re starting to come together as a board in spite of our differences,” said Christmas. “We’re happy with the way things are going. We’re heading in the right direction.”

Staff writer Curt Yeomans contributed to this article.