In a letter dated May 16, McDuffie County School Superintendent Mark Petersen received notification that the school system received District Accreditation as a Quality School System from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.
"The Quality Assurance Review Team recommends to the SACS CASI Board of Directors, unanimously and without reservation, that the McDuffie County Schools be awarded District Accreditation," Mark Elgart, President of CASI said in the letter. "(We look) forward to our continued association with the McDuffie County Schools and our partnership to improve student learning through accreditation."
McDuffie County is among the first 150 school systems in the nation to achieve district accreditation. A team of eight trained people from outside the county visited McDuffie April 29 through May 2 and interviewed the superintendent, members of the board of education, 10 members of the central office staff, seven principals, 18 administrators, 26 parents, 16 school business partners and 108 teachers.
"We were rated exemplary in the demonstration of continuous improvement," said Barry O'Neill, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. "Which is really nice, you can't get any higher than that."
The team will return every five years to update their findings and the system's status.