DeKalb Schools Responds to SACS

The oversight body again warned DeKalb Schools earlier this month after numerous complaints from parents and staff.

DeKalb Schools Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson has sent a letter in response to a warning from the school's accrediting agency earlier this month, 11 Alive News reports.

The warning letter from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which has the power to pull DeKalb's accreditation. cited numerous complaints from staff and parents.

Atkinson wrote that the "district has implemented plans to improve upon all standards."

SACS letter in September specifically cited the board's legal costs. The district has been accumulating legal fees related to charges of corruption and internal dealing by a former superintendent and a former executive staffer.

Atkinson in her letter cited ongoing improvements: an internal legal team that was organized to reduce costs, a forensic financial audit of the district's budget which is underway, and a reduction of more than 300 personnel from the district's central office, which came after a recommendation of a consultant.


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