Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Dunwoody Crier: Dunwoody and High School Council Pressing for Accreditation


By Dick Williams For The Crier

City officials and the Dunwoody High school council are politely pressing the interim DeKalb school superintendent for his approval of the high school’s effort to seek single-school accreditation from the Georgia Accrediting Commission.

So far, Michael Thurmond has been non-committal. Two school board members said in an email they planned to inquire of Thurmond Tuesday, after The Crier’s print deadline.

While Thurmond has been saying he did not believe the DeKalb schools will lose their accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/AdvancED, the city and Dunwoody parents want a backup.

“I represent a community not willing to gamble that the remote possibility of uncontrollable events will not occur,” wrote City Councilman Terry Nall to Thurmond last week.

Nall pointed out to Thurmond that the school system would bear no cost, with the necessary funds being raised in the city. He also said no central office assistance would be needed, allowing the staff and the school board to address the complaint from SACS about governance when it placed the DeKalb schools on probation in December.

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