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Warren seniors to stay at WCHS, board says

In their regular monthly meeting Thursday night, The McDuffie County Board of Education decided not to take any action on a previous discussion of allowing seniors of Warren County High School to attend Thomson High School.

Board members discussed the various possibilities at their May meeting, when one board member suggested students would be coming from Warren County because the Warren County system is scheduled to lose its accreditation the end of this month from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

At the McDuffie Board of Education June 14 planning session, Superintendent Jim LeBrun suggested the local system make Thomson High School available to Warren County seniors who are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. Mr. LeBrun estimated that Warren County has 45 seniors, so approximately one dozen would be eligible for HOPE.

"I want to make it clear the intent is to assist a neighboring community and their students," Mr. LeBrun said. "We will not do anything to jeopardize the students at Thomson High School."

Board members requested Mr. LeBrun investigate the situation more before they made a decision.

At Thursday's meeting, Mr. LeBrun reported he had talked with Warren County Schools Superintendent Carole Jean Carey, "and she is very confident that they are going to be able to reach an agreement with SACS, so they will keep their accreditation and it may be a moot point to make a decision."

An investigative team from SACS was in Warrenton June 7 and 8 at the request of the Warren County School Board to review their compliance on recommendations from a previous investigative team.

Findings from the review team should be available in a few weeks.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue requested an Administrative Law judge look into evidence and allegations filed in a former complaint against three Warren County Board members -- Clara Roberts, Cecil Brown and Charles Culver. A hearing is scheduled for July 5.



Web posted on Thursday, June 24, 2010













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