The Warren County School System received notice this week it will not lose its accreditation, as was previously scheduled for Dec. 31. Instead, the system is placed on accredited probation until June 2011, according to a press release from The AdvancED Accreditation Commission.
"It's a great Christmas present for the kids because they can relax and enjoy the holidays knowing they'll graduate from an accredited school," said Carole Jean Carey, the superintendent of Warren County Schools.
In June 2009, an investigation by AdvancedEd Accreditation concluded the Warren County Board of Education was "in a state of perpetual paralysis," and was put on probation for the 2009-10 school year. The report revealed problems existed in the governance of the school board and not in academic instruction or student achievement.
Subsequent reviews resulted in the scheduled discontinuance of accreditation and the removal of three board members from office by Gov. Sonny Perdue this past September. Following protocol, three new members were appointed to take their place.
"We're thrilled about the probation," Carey said. "We knew they would want to come back and reassess the board because the new members have only been on the board for three months. This board has been super. They come prepared, they express their opinions, they vote. It's just how it's supposed to be."
Warren County Schools will be expected to host another investigative team in or before June 2011 to assess the institution's continued progress on nine required actions.
"This is a critical juncture for the school system, as it has the opportunity to show its ability to sustain the progress made to date and demonstrate the leadership expected from those who define the quality of education for the community," said Dr. Mark Elgart, president and CEO of AdvancedED.