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Clarke County School District to Undergo Special Review

Clarke County School District

A Special Review is planned for the Clarke County School District. A media release from the district states the accreditation agency Cognia, the new company formed after the merger of AdvancED and Measured Progress, informed the district of its plans to conduct an onsite Special Review. Board President LaKeisha Gantt is quoted in the release stating “The members of the Board of Education embrace this opportunity to improve its effectiveness.”

Complaints being investigated include allegations that the conduct of some members of the board of education is interfering with the Board’s ability to function responsibly and effectively and is impeding the autonomy of the district leadership to meet goals…which include for the achievement and instruction in addition to effective management of day-to-day operations of the district.

The letter, dated December 16 and addressed to former Superintendent Dr. Demond Means, states the review comes in response to a letter stating the district may not be adhering to the AdvanceED Performance Standards for School Systems.

Cognia will work with the district and the BOE to come up with dates for the review which is expected to cost $4,200, plus travel costs of the Special Review Team.

The Lead Evaluator for the Special Review Team is expected to interview board members, district leadership staff, school-level staff, and other personnel as needed.

The Cognia letter was in response to complaints listed in an August 9th letter.

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