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SACS investigating DeKalb County Schools

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The DeKalb County School District is under fire from some parents who have concerns about what the school board is doing with taxpayer money.

"We are paying a good amount and we are paying a lot per kid. We want to see those dollars actually go to the children and go to the schools, not to lawsuits and not to administrators and not to the fat we are seeing within the school system," said Caroline Lord, a concerned parent.

Wednesday, investigators with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the agency that oversees the school districts accreditation, are in town to begin an investigation into the situation.

"I am hoping and presuming that they are looking very specifically and that they have an extensive plan that three days will allow them to pinpoint exactly what they need and gather it and then come back with a report for superintendent," said Lord.

The school system sent a letter to SACS addressing the accusations and detailing the steps it has taken to deal with them since Cheryl Atkinson took over as superintendent.

School officials were not available to speak on camera today, but last month Atkinson said the district will deal with whatever SACS decides.

"I think when SACS comes in and they have their investigation - as they go through whatever that process is, then we will look at what those recommendations are and then we will be ready to address and certainly comply with whatever those recommendations are," said Atkinson.

Many parents, like Lord, say they are hoping the investigation is the first step toward a stronger school district.

"I would like to see some confidence restored back into the public school system," Lord said.

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