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Monday, September 25, 2006

We have been accepted for District Accreditation

We have received a letter from the President of SACS-CASI informing us that we have been accepted into the process for District Accreditation. What this means is that sometime within the next 18 months, we will host a visiting team who will decide on whether our school system as a whole will receive accreditation. We will receive the same review every 5 years thereafter.

This process replaces the one that is so familiar to usthat of a school hosting a team, writing a report, etc. each five years. For two schools, this announcement has a fairly immediate impact. Both THS and Ellis are up for their own accreditations this school year. Now that the school system has been accepted to pursue District Accreditation, those two schools will not go through the process individually.

District Accreditation is one of several changes that SACS has instituted to streamline the process and avoid duplication.


At 5:06 PM, Blogger Nancy Willis said...

From someone who has been over SACS at my school for the past 20 years, I am SO RELIEVED!! This has got to be easier and less time consuming. However, I assume we still do what we have become accustomed to doing as far as monthly meetings of committees, and keeping excellent files of everything that the school does with activities and parent participation. Right? I'm really proud that we have been approved for this. It helps me see the "light at the end of the
tunnel." I think we'll be happy.

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Dr. Frank Buck said...

On keeping files, all you will have to keep at the school levels are the files that are required for the school's Title I Plan. There are about a dozen of these, each corresponding to a part of the plan.) Principals were given a list of these files, and these should already be set up in each school.


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