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SACS: DeKalb schools making progress to get off probation

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A report released Friday by the agency that accredits the DeKalb County school district finds the school system is making strides to get off probation.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) put the district on probation in December, after finding widespread problems, including budget mismanagement and a lack of leadership.

"Early progress, early promise, early potential, however, they can't rest," said Mark Elgart, SACS K-12 president. "They need to stay disciplined and focused moving forward." 

The report was issued after a SACS team visited the district in May, to assess the progress it had made.

"I think that the superintendent and the board are very encouraged that SACS has acknowledged the progress that they're making," said district spokesman Jeff Dickerson. "They're working hard." 

SACS credits interim School Superintendent Michael Thurmond, and new board members appointed by the governor for the recent progress.

"Michael Thurmond is doing a wonderful job helping everybody, people in the community, the parents, the teachers, principals and the board understand their role and responsibilities," Elgart told CBS Atlanta News.

The governor appointed six new board members after SACS placed the district on probation.  Five of them are fighting to get their jobs back. 

The Georgia Supreme Court will also issue a ruling on whether a law allowing the governor to replace the school board members is constitutional.

SACS and the district said the legal issues will not affect their plans to move forward.

"I think even if you were to go back to the old board, everybody has learned some very important messages from this," said Dickerson. "That is let's keep our eye on the ball.  Let's keep our eye on what we're here to do." 

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