Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Schools Schedule Review of Progress; A Team Will Look at Glynn's Steps to End the Reasons for Probation of Its Academic Accreditation

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Schools Schedule Review of Progress; A Team Will Look at Glynn's Steps to End the Reasons for Probation of Its Academic Accreditation

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Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, The Times-Union

BRUNSWICK -- Glynn County schools Superintendent Robert Winter told the school board Wednesday night a review team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will visit the district Sept. 23.

The team is expected to interview Winter and other administrative personnel, board members and possibly concerned citizens they'd talked with previously during an investigation that led to the district's academic accreditation being placed on probation.

"It's simply a progress check," said Mark Elgart, executive director of the independent agency that sets educational standards and grants accreditation to schools in 11 states including Georgia.

"No judgment will be made at this time on the district's accreditation status. We won't make a decision on its accreditation until next spring," Elgart said.

The review team during its one-day visit will gather information about what progress the Glynn County Board of Education has made to end micromanaging and other misconduct by some members that led to the accreditation probation.

At issue is whether board members can show they understand and are complying with state law and association governance standards that limit their authority to setting policy and procedures.

The association in February placed the district on probation for one year after an investigation showed some board members had been undermining and interfering with district administrators and other personnel.

It issued six guidelines for corrective action by the board, which has become known in statewide education circles for its vicious internal feuding and contentious meetings.

In response, the board has adopted an action plan developed by an advisory committee to help it stop micromanaging and prevent future misconduct such as harassing or hampering school administrators and staff.

Elgart said that detailed plan will be used as a benchmark by the review team during the visit. …

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