GA School District Begins Battle to Regain Accreditation

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - The Clayton County school district is beginning a lengthy battle to win back its accreditation.

The school board accepted a plan Monday night aimed at meeting mandates from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which yanked the 50,000-student district's accreditation Sept. 1.

The accreditation group blamed the district's woes on what it called a "dysfunctional" and "fatally flawed" school board that meddled in the day-to-day operations of the schools. There's now been a complete turnover of the board through resignations and removals of members.

Four new board members were sworn in at Monday's meeting,
leaving the board with just two vacant seats. Those seats will be
filled during a special election in November.

The new accreditation plan includes overhauling Superintendent John Thompson's contract, hiring an internal auditor to join the district staff and appointing an independent parliamentarian to oversee board meetings.

District staff and board members will be required to sign affidavits swearing they will uphold the district's ethics and conflict of interest policies.

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