Warren Co. schools to lose accreditation

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The Warren County School System has received notice it will lose its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.

School Superintendent Carol Jean Carey was unavailable for an interview, but confirmed the news via telephone.

Jennifer Oliver, SACS vice president of communications, said a four-member team visited Warren County in June, 2009 to investigate complaints of the governance and leadership of the Warren County Board of Education.

Prior to their arrival in Warrenton, the team had requested and viewed copies of minutes and videos of the school board meetings.

The school system was put on probation as a result of that investigation, and given nine recommendations "to resolve and make significant progress on" by November, when another team would return for a follow-up visit.

"The team that visited them in November felt that they had not made significant progress, and in some cases, they made no progress," Ms. Oliver said. "So the team felt the school system should not retain their accreditation."

The date of the dropped accreditation is delayed until July 30, 2010, Ms. Oliver said, so that students set to graduate at the end of this school year will not be affected.

Ms. Oliver said accreditation is voluntary among schools and systems.

"What I can tell you is there are many, many great schools around the country that are non-accredited simply because they haven’t chosen to go through the process," she said. "In the state of Georgia, it’s slightly different because the Hope Scholarship is tied to students graduating form an accredited school. So, there’s more of an emphasis in Georgia for schools to be accredited."

Ms. Oliver said she doesn’t have a scientific break-down of numbers, but some colleges and universities require students to come from an accredited school, some use it as a criteria but not a requirement, and others don’t even have it listed in their application process at all.

"So, students just really need to assess where they want to attend college, because every one of them is different."

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.

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4gr8kids
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4gr8kids 01/07/10 - 02:33 pm
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It is very sad that the kids

It is very sad that the kids are going to lose their Hope Scholarship because the board members wouldn't comply.

yellow cat
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yellow cat 01/07/10 - 02:33 pm
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This is what happens when you

This is what happens when you have a racist school board.

hopefulinaugusta
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hopefulinaugusta 01/07/10 - 02:37 pm
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this is a shame, in light of

this is a shame, in light of the fire at the pallet plant some of these students may really need the hope scholarship in order to attend college if their parents were employees of this company.

ripjones
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ripjones 01/07/10 - 02:46 pm
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What do you mean by racist?

What do you mean by racist? Racist in which direction. Since I'm to assume that they are all elected officials, it sounds like they are not upholding their duty to the office. They should all be arrested and put on a chain gang, picking up litter and cutting grass, until they all agree to act like adults and uphold their elected duties.

alycias
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alycias 01/07/10 - 02:49 pm
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You are sooooo right "yellow

You are sooooo right "yellow cat". I used to work there and I can vouch for them being racist, ESPECIALLY the superintendent!!! She would go around firing anyone who looked sideways at her! ( providing they were black or oriental usually, though she did have her 'faves'--her little group of favorite teachers whom she kept close to her in order to support her purposes). The principals were a laugh...in the school I worked in. They would tell you to do things a certain way, then when you did it that way they would bawl you out and say it should have been done another way...a way that they never discussed with you. Teachers got blamed for everything and were not appreciated; the district would not stand behind them for fear that the parents would retaliate against them and sue. They hired teachers before consulting the appropriate others in authority and then proceeded to fire them. I could tell soooo much more that went on there! And their "discipline system" was a real joke.

yellow cat
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yellow cat 01/07/10 - 03:07 pm
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I said the board was racist

I said the board was racist (3 educators). The superintendent is not racist. She might be something but racist is not one of them. The board refuses to work with the superintendent because she is white. They are BLACK and would rather see BLACK children fail thanwork with a WHITE superintendent. The board (3 educators) should be run out of town.

dani
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dani 01/07/10 - 03:15 pm
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I Googled the BD of Educ and

I Googled the BD of Educ and found photos of the top 5 employees, only one of which was white. I don't think this is about "racism" as it is determined in these comnments.

alycias
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alycias 01/07/10 - 03:19 pm
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I guess its changed quite a

I guess its changed quite a bit from when I was there. I know the board is all black, so I heard. Its such a big mess in that County, racially. If I had kids who went to their schools, I would move away just so they could get out of there. The kids are the ones who get the shortest end of the stick, because of the adults stupidity and hatred for each other. Carey should have stayed in Columbia County. I guess thats what the "3 educators" are trying to accomplish--to get her to go away to another County. But believe me , she deserves every bit of what she is getting...and THEN some. I think I know 2 of the educators you are referring to, but won't give any names on here!

alycias
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alycias 01/07/10 - 03:23 pm
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Believe me, its about racism!

Believe me, its about racism! Racism isn't always againist the blacks only. Racism can be hatred for any and all others who are different from you. But the color of the skin, cultural differences, whatever you prefer to call it, is THE main issue here!

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 01/07/10 - 03:28 pm
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Being accredited is a BIG

Being accredited is a BIG deal in many ways. Having a school board that is so lacking that they are going to lose that apparently over personal issues is incredible and those people in Warren County need to get them out of office TODAY! Whomever believes that having a majority of black people on the board eliminates the possibility of racism either is blind or pays no attention to today's world in the south. When a song such as "Dixie" can't be played in public venues because it "offends" black people yet "We Shall Overcome" was sung at the inauguration of Atlanta's mayor, it screams racism but not the typically held white on black racism. If that is the case with Warren County's school board it is not only terrible for their students it is probably illegal under the law. Whatever the case it is apparent that the school board only has personal agenda as their method of operation and that just will NOT work for anyone's good. Enough of this white/black stuff - get those people out of office and start over. If it takes an all white board to get it corrected so be it, if it takes an all black board (but some believe that is a part of the problem) so be it.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/07/10 - 03:36 pm
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Summary: 1. There are no

Summary: 1. There are no problems of any substance with the Warren County schools. 2. However, the Board of Education did not follow some steps and procedures dictated by some bureaucrat. 3. Therefore the bureaucrats are disaccrediting the schools. 4. Huh?

dani
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dani 01/07/10 - 03:38 pm
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You are absolutely right

You are absolutely right Coastal - the thing is, whites seldom holler racism. Most complaints are from the other side.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 01/07/10 - 03:46 pm
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the way rich cnty school

the way rich cnty school system is run, it wouldn't be a shock if they they lose their accredidation, they deserve to because no traditional high schools met ayp, the 6th highest percentage of blcak males dropping out of high school in the ENTIRE country, over 1500 students that failed the crct on more than one occassion and 80% of them were promoted to the next grade anyway, but have one of the best learning models in the ENTIRE COUNTRY(hence davidson/johnson being recognized in the u. s. today and world reports as 2 of the BEST high schools in the country...davidson-a gold medal for being in the top 100 and johnson was awarded the silver medal) and REFUSING to impliment it county wide...why because of MONEY, by increasing academic standards, and mandating PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT alot of students will flunk out for being required to do nothing more that read, add and comprehend and nothing more than their grade levels, in addition now the "sorry and trifling" parents will now hve to step up and be a part of their childs life by being a parent...making sure their child's homework is done, correctly and that they listen to authority whether being teachers/bus drivers/parapros..etc

natashiagrier
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natashiagrier 01/07/10 - 03:49 pm
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I am a graduate of Warren Co.

I am a graduate of Warren Co. This does not suprise me at all. Don't get me wrong I love where I am from but there needs to be a CHANGE. This was a long time coming. I have not had the pleasure of meeting the current superintendent but I have did some reading/research about her and she is also to blame with the board members as well. To many leaders and not enough followers in this case. I also feel this has something to do with racism. The future depends on what we do in the present. - Mahatma Gandhi

BeenThereDoneThat2
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BeenThereDoneThat2 01/07/10 - 04:02 pm
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The facts of the county are

The facts of the county are simple: You have a school board that does not get along with the superintendent. I've watched them make decisions based solely on being contrary to the superintendent. And, please explain why some of these upstanding school board members refused to sign a code of ethics that is a standard document across the state of Georgia. The current group of board members has brought an arrogant, me-first attitude to the table and the best interests of students is the last thing they factor in when making decisions. Now, I am not absolving the superintendent of all the blame, but to cast her in any light other than working to make employees more accountable, working for the best interests of the students and working in the best interests of the Warren County School System is incorrect. She helped the system gain the SACS status in 2006. The school board changed and now it is lost. You cannot blame the superintendent for that. In fact, look at the SACS recommendations: They all deal with board members, including this one: "Board members must prove they have turned their focus to doing what is best for Warren County's students."

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/07/10 - 04:11 pm
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If they are reviewing BOE

If they are reviewing BOE meetings Richmond County is in trouble. Remember Venus Cain and Joe Scott...heh, heh, heh.

alycias
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alycias 01/07/10 - 04:19 pm
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Dixieman: Have you worked

Dixieman: Have you worked there? If not, don't even bother to say anything! I have kept up with employees from that system for yrs after I left there, so I heard about all the stuff that went on there. One of them was threatened by Carey physically-because the teacher got a lawyer to defend her, over those allegations of racism. I could have been a witness, and WAS asked to be, cause I worked there at the time and heard and saw these racist things going on! I was contacted by 2 people from the system to be a witness for them. I declined to witness though...cause of the mess. At that point I did not want to get involved. It had escalated so much.

MomInRC
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MomInRC 01/07/10 - 04:20 pm
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Sounds like y'all are

Sounds like y'all are describing Richmond County officials.

alycias
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alycias 01/07/10 - 05:06 pm
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I should say I was told this

I should say I was told this happened by that teacher who was suing. I did not witness THAT incident personally. ( the threat by Carey ).

CarlA
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CarlA 01/07/10 - 05:52 pm
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A good attorney will file a

A good attorney will file a class action lawsuit against the board and its individual members on behalf of all the students who will lose their Hope Scholarships!

AugustaReader1
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AugustaReader1 01/07/10 - 05:54 pm
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This is just sad and

This is just sad and disappointing. This is truly a case of a racist board taking away from the children that they are supposed to be serving. Just because the majority of the board is black does not preclude them from being racist. All they have done since being elected was get in the way of educating these kids. Their attitudes and actions have taken away one of the few options these students have in going to college and enriching their lives. I just hope this shows them that their way of doing things is not correct or right and they can get their act together and hopefully prove to the SAICS they can act civilized and earn this back.

Nativeson1
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Nativeson1 01/07/10 - 06:03 pm
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Lord have mercy on us

Lord have mercy on us adults...This thread, as like most in this paper, is waaaayyyyy off topic!!!!!

AugustaReader1
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AugustaReader1 01/07/10 - 06:09 pm
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This is the exact topic the

This is the exact topic the story is about. The School System lost their accreditation because of the board. The board is acting the way they are because they are racist. These kids have worked and worked and improved their test schools and gotten on the right track and this is how their board repays them.

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akb4483 01/07/10 - 06:15 pm
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The mission of the Warren

The mission of the
Warren County School System is to promote academic success for our students!

Oh Well it must not be the mission of the Boad of Education. They all need to grow up or just go home and be miserable. The Board has been in controversy for years and the current Superintendant has made great strides but racism has raised it ugly head in Warren County once again.

Take a look at the BOE districts, you can see true gerrymandering at its best and then go back and look at the people who wanted this way. Even the Federal Gov't allowed it.

mommy7
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mommy7 01/07/10 - 06:30 pm
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COASTALDAWG & DANI...whites

COASTALDAWG & DANI...whites seldom holler racism because they are so busy dealing out the racism to notice the few times "karma" presents itself.

mommy7
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mommy7 01/07/10 - 06:32 pm
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In this situation, it's all

In this situation, it's all about stupid people on both sides. what do you expect!? most people in any type of authoritative position are just a bunch of elected dummies simply there for the power thrill and not for the people they are supposed to be serving. so how can you expect any work to be done when there is a constant power struggle between stupid people. just send your kids to davidson, ar johnson, westside, arc or some of the columbia county schools, and you will worry less about this nonsense.

aninsider
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aninsider 01/07/10 - 06:42 pm
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It is a very sad situation.

It is a very sad situation. This should not be about race at all - it should be about what is best for the children of Warren County. There are too many families moving away so their children can go to school elsewhere. It stops the county from growing. Before the board that is in now, the school system made great progress and things were looking up. Now there is a big control issue. They don't seem to care about the children but about controlling every issue that comes up (including the superintendant) that certain board members they don't like (and yes, these "controlling" board members are black). A couple of the controlling board members were teachers of mine and I really thought better of them. I graduated from that school and would like to see it be a place that any student could be proud to attend.

a_WCHS_Student
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a_WCHS_Student 01/07/10 - 06:47 pm
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Well as a student, someone

Well as a student, someone who knows the story from beginning of the Carey Decade to now: I feel like this:
Well the board members that were elected are highly qualified in my opinion. They are each former educators. Finally some people on the board with more than a GED. The problem is not the board. The problem is the previous board allowing this situation to occur, by allowing our Superintendent to have too much power. As a student, I attend Board Meetings as much as possible and I was totally confused when they said there was a problem. Since when is disagreeing and having a different opinion than others against Robert's Rule of Order? Yes, they need to get on one accord and need to focus on us more, but the finger pointing is not the answer. Because if you point one you will be pointing all day. They just need to let go of their agendas. Each and everyone of the members and the Superintendent! And yes, racism is an issue. It all started when Carey came in trying to push her weight around and fire all of those teachers. What did they all have in common? The color of their skin. All you media followers need to show your face at a WCHS Function or keep your ignorance under wraps.

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noway 01/07/10 - 06:57 pm
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The previous students and

The previous students and seniors who graduate this year won't lose their Hope Scholarships. Read the article. The school system could clean up their act and get re-accredited by the end of the next school year, thus not affecting the students. This is a good thing to improve the schools there.

alycias
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alycias 01/07/10 - 07:21 pm
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I agree with AugustaReader1:

I agree with AugustaReader1: THIS IS what the story is about. If you have known anyone who worked there or worked there yourself, OR even lived in or near that town, you would KNOW what has been going on in those schools for the past 6-7 years. Even people from Thomson and Augusta have been talking about Warren County for 5-6 yrs now...about these problems. I have heard others talking about it way over here in Augusta.

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