Warren County Schools have reached the elite status of system accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. According to Superintendent Carole Jean Carey, the notification came last week after a panel of educators visited and reviewed the system.
"I am very proud of the teachers, and I'm proud of the community support. We've still got a lot that we want to do here, but this just shows that we are making progress," the Superintendent said.
The review team came Sunday, Oct. 29 and left Wednesday, Nov. 1, Ms. Carey said. The six team members - educators from Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida - interviewed Ms. Carey, members of the Board of Education, principals, administrators, parents, business partners, teachers and students.
System accreditation addresses the system's capacity to meet standards, demonstrate a systemic and continuous process of improvement and implement methods that provide for quality assurance.
Ms. Carey said the individual schools - M.E. Freeman Elementary, Warren County Middle and Warren County High School have been accredited for two years.
"We were thrilled when we got accreditation just for our individual schools," she said. "But I think this just shows that we've got a higher standard, and that we do meet a higher standard."
According to the synopsis given by the SACS team, Warren County's school system strengths are forward thinking leadership, high expectations for all students to achieve, constant communication and approachability among the superintendent, central office, staff and community, and a high degree of confidence in the superintendent.
The team recommended the system continue efforts to involve parents, strengthen communication among stakeholders and retain quality teachers and administrators.
A certificate will be awarded to Ms. Carey and the system at a conference in December.