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School board members unhappy with accreditation status

JONESBORO — Some school board members are not happy with the latest accreditation status of Clayton County Public Schools.

“I thought it was just significantly unjust to us as a school district,” said Chairwoman Dr. Pam Adamson.

Adamson and other members were thrilled last spring when the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/AdvancED external review team announced it would recommend the district receive its first-ever district-wide accreditation.

However, last month officials learned the district would be “accredited on advisement,” which means the district is performing well in most areas but there are “a few minor concerns related to the standards.”

The conditional accreditation status requires certain actions be taken within the next to years to address SACS/AdvancED concerns. Those actions include continued improvement in board relations, public and community relations and coherency of instructional programs and digital technology use.

“I’m not sure how much more we can demonstrate,” said Adamson, with overtures to district employees and students and parents. “I’m proud of you and I don’t think we deserve this.”

Jessie Goree agreed with Adamson, pointing to the board’s improved interrelations.

“Maybe we should collectively send a response to AdvancED,” said Goree. “I think we worked together this past year better than we’ve ever worked together. Really, maybe we weren’t the problem.”

There has been no resolution made on the issue and the board has not stated officially whether it would pursue drafting a letter of dissent to SACS/AdvancED.