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Warren County schools regain full accreditation

The Warren County School System has regained full accreditation.

In a letter to Superintendent Carole Jean Carey, Mark A. Elgart, the president and CEO of AdvancED, said that its Georgia council and its accreditation commission had recommended that accredited status be restored to the school district and individual Warren County schools.

"We appreciate the community and the staff standing behind us," Carey said Monday.

The system had been scheduled to lose its accreditation on Dec. 31, but instead it was placed on accredited probation until this month. That allowed this year's seniors to graduate from an accredited high school.

A monitoring team from AdvancedED visited Warren County in May and recommended that the accreditation be restored.

In June 2009, an investigation by AdvancedEd Accreditation concluded that the county's school board was "in a state of perpetual paralysis." The report said that the problems were in the governance of the school board and not in academic instruction or student achievement.

After subsequent reviews, the system lost its accreditation, and in September then-Gov. Sonny Perdue removed three board members. Three new members were appointed to take their places.

"We just have a fantastic new board," Carey said Monday.

Elgart's letter, dated Friday, commended Carey, current board members and staff.

"Celebrating the progress made to date is important," he said. "Additionally, the team provided recommendations to help the school system ensure that it sustains its progress."

Another team is scheduled to visit the school system in April for a five-year renewal of accreditation.

Morris News Service writer Lynn Davidson contributed to this report.

Web posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011

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