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DeKalb school district making progress

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The agency that accredits the DeKalb County School District released its latest report that found the school system is making progress.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) sent a team to the district again in May.

SACS put DeKalb schools on probation in December of 2012, citing a host of problems. Among them, infighting among school board members and a massive budget deficit.

The agency took the district off probation in January this year but it remains on warning status.

School Superintendent Michael Thurmond said he is encouraged by the latest report.

"I'm very proud of the fact that we have a board that is working in the best interests of the district," said Thurmond. "Not always agreeing but always keeping their eye on the prize, which is improving academic outcomes for our kids.

SACS also criticized the district for a massive budget deficit. Thurmond pointed out the district projects a $20 million budget surplus in 2015 and has given employees a one-percent raise, the first pay hike in seven years.

Three candidates for school board aboard are locked in runoff races July 22 and the superintendent plans to leave next summer.

SACS said it will be closely watching any changes to ensure the district stays on track to address remaining problems.

"We are being motivated by something much more powerful and quite frankly, much more significant, than responding to SACS," said Thurmond. "And that is our commitment to our children."

The accrediting agency will revisit the district in December.

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