Commission upholds Warren County school sanction

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 3:54 PM
Last updated Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 9:48 PM
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A 33-member national commission has upheld an earlier decision to drop the Warren County School District's accreditation effective July 30 unless certain requirements are met by then.

A news release issued today stated that the AdvancED Accreditation Commission had reaffirmed the findings of a special review team by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvements.

AdvancED is a parent organization of SACS CASI. Officials have said the accreditation is being removed from Warren County not because of academic standards but because the school board members failed to follow policies of the district, refused to sign the district's ethics pledge, disregarded the requirement to use Roberts Rules of Order, failed to follow the district's charter and micromanaged the school system.

 The drop the accreditation was delayed until July 30 so it wouldn't affect seniors set to graduate this year. Accreditation is emphasized because in Georgia it is a requirement of the Hope scholarship.

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ron_rlw 01/28/10 - 05:38 pm
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Note that these kids are

Note that these kids are being punished not because of the academic standards or any actions of the kids. But because of the actions of the school board members. First of all I believe the Southern Association of Colleges is trying to micromanage the school broad themselves. But the school broad should have never let it go this far either. They both should act like adults and do what is best for the Kids.

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egan01 01/28/10 - 08:21 pm
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Jeff Foxworthy could have a

Jeff Foxworthy could have a new segment, " are you smarter than a first grader ".

corgimom
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corgimom 01/28/10 - 08:58 pm
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Why don't the taxpayers of

Why don't the taxpayers of Warren County demand accountability in their school board members?

JoeWillie
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JoeWillie 01/28/10 - 09:34 pm
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The school board members and

The school board members and the educators are acting like childish, sophomoric, juveniles. The students are being shortchanged.

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Riverman1 01/28/10 - 10:06 pm
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Their school board is made up

Their school board is made up of graduates of the Marion Williams Charm School.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 01/29/10 - 09:44 am
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soon to follow...richmond

soon to follow...richmond county school district...if you notice it is getting closer and closer..1st clayton cnty, now warren cnty...richmond will be soon to follw unless those self-serving selfish individuals on the school board get their heads out of their rumps and instead of dumbing down the curriculum increase the academic standards and place emphasis back on education instead of sports and/or attendance levels (for the sole purpose of continiously receiving state/fed funding) DEMAND involvement of parents and expell all those who are violent, disruptive, disrespectful and all who in any way, shape or form interrupt the learning/educational process. i would rather pay to properly educate a few children than to pay to socially promote the many, as being done in richmond county

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UncleBill 01/29/10 - 10:17 am
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Did any of these posts come

Did any of these posts come from someone who lives or works in Warren county?

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Bobcat706 01/29/10 - 11:48 am
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In Newstime editorial!!!!But

In Newstime editorial!!!!But in short, the report says, "The actions of the current board have eroded public confidence and negated much of the positive work of the past, and the quality of education for students in Warren County schools has been affected." It's sad. It took 10 years for Warren County to recover from 30 years of stagnation - and it's taken less than a year to derail that progress. An often-repeated theme around Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is the call from leaders in the black community for young people to not forget the sacrifices of King and others of his era. Those Warren County board members have misremembered that legacy, focusing only on the shackles of segregation rather than all the progress in breaking free from it. As a result, they are handcuffing the children of Warren County to a school system that will be set apart as a failure - not because of the children, but because of adults who should know better. And who should be deeply ashamed. Local Editorial

Bobcat706
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Bobcat706 01/29/10 - 11:49 am
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The SACS report is clear as

The SACS report is clear as water for those who can read!!! The acts they have committed are to egregious to ignore!!! THE BOE members in question have an agenda to cause discord across Warren County. They have no regard for the students and community they serve. Again, it was quite obvious last night at the BOE meeting. I believe they are not willing to change or they are incapable to make any positive change. They should resign or be removed!!! The students and employees of the board deserve far better leadership. I commend the superintendent , administrators, teachers, and other staff for their commitment and sacrifice!!!

Bobcat706
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Bobcat706 01/29/10 - 11:50 am
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Posted by Louie on another

Posted by Louie on another site!!!I just went to the Warren County School System website. People need to click on some of the stories under the School System news. The Special Education program has received commendations from the state for its efforts to improve education for its students. the middle school and elementary school have received recognition as Title I schools of the year for 2009. The system is working to establish a career academy for the high school so students can jointly enroll in high school and tech school classes so when they graduate, students will have skills ready for the job market or continue with their education. Does this sound like a do nothing system? Does this sound like a system in which the faculty, staff, administration has not put their students first? I read the story from the Augusta Chronicle, and the last paragraph summed it up well. There was an unusual number of 3-2 votes, a failure to follow meetings based upon Roberts Rules, and board members not wanting to sign a Ethics policy which is a county policy. I am sure that these meetings are videoed in some manner. Maybe these should be put on You Tube so everyone can see what is going on.

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Dan White 01/29/10 - 02:20 pm
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The change in the Warren

The change in the Warren County School Board came in the 2008 elections when Obama ran for President. The citizens voted for 2 very racist candidates who have it in for the white superintendent for some time. These two new board members have power as their objective instead of giving the kids a quality education. A very sad situation. The president of the Warrenton Chamber of Commerce has asked the Governor to step in, but so far, the governor's office is mute.

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Dan White 01/29/10 - 02:21 pm
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It's a sad situation in

It's a sad situation in Warren County.

Bobcat706
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Bobcat706 01/29/10 - 03:08 pm
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From Donald another

From Donald another website:Sums it up well!!!Warren County is a rural system located about 40 miles west of Augusta and serves 800 students in three schools: elementary, middle and high school. It previously was put on probation for governance issues the agency summed up as a school board in a state of "perpetual paralysis." The review team's visit found no substantial changes or improvements. Problems cited were the five-member board's professionalism and decorum at meetings.

Bobcat706
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Bobcat706 01/29/10 - 03:11 pm
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FROM JOHN on another site:The

FROM JOHN on another site:The report describes sources used by the review team, as well as an analysis "It should be noted that Warren County received SACS CASI District Accreditation in 20007. At that time, there were many outstanding achievements within the school district.... The actions of the current Board have eroded public confidence and negated much of the positive work of the past, and the quality of education for students in Warren County Schools has been affected," the report reveals. Clearly, sensible people see the atrocities of this BOE--those three

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Bobcat706 01/29/10 - 03:13 pm
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YET from another site:I have

YET from another site:I have read the SACS report in FULL!!! danny/Susy Q you need to read the report and it should enlighten both of you to the facts about the MESS those BOE members have caused!!! This is my report card on the # BOE members causing the recommendation of SACS revocation from Warren County: Rationale/Stable--F Adhereing/Following Board Policy----F Delivering support for an outstanding system that is in tune for its students---- F Intergrity/ethical and of high moral standard---F Concept of being a TEAM PLAYER----F Attitude for positive growth for the system---F Learning to relate and being responsible----F Take the first letter of each sentence and what do you have-- A Radical It is a shame for the system employees, students, and the community to have to put up with a bunch of nitwits!!!

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