Houston school officials receive district accreditation report

alopez@macon.comMarch 10, 2014 

PERRY -- After receiving tentative accreditation in November, the Houston County school system officially has been accredited for five years.

The board of education reviewed copies of the AdvancED review team’s report Monday at a work session at Perry Middle School.

“We had an excellent report,” said Eric Payne, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning.

The AdvancED review team provided the system with two required action items, which the team thinks could improve the school system. The system has to review its grading and reporting policies and make sure they are consistent across the district and across courses. It also has to look at its district and individual school plans for improvement and make sure they have measurable goals attached to them.

“What that means is we don’t just have a goal of increasing our fifth-grade writing exams scores,” Payne said. “We have to attach a number to that.”

AdvancED will return in 18 months, and the system is planning now for how it will address the accreditation report’s recommendations.

Monday, the board also discussed a proposed class-size waiver resolution for the 2014-2015 school year.

“This is just an insurance policy,” said Superintendent Robin Hines. “It’s pretty typical of what everyone across the state is doing.”

If approved, the waiver would ensure that gifted and regular education classes in the system max out at 32 students, Payne said.

Near the end of the work session agenda, Scott Hill, director of facilities, presented to the board a farm lease agreement that would give agricultural rights on property designated for the Veterans Middle School site to a lessee identified in the agreement as Tal Talton.

Crops to be farmed are cotton, soybeans, wheat and peanuts. The school system would receive $300 per year from the lease. The agreement would help maintain the property and keep the system from having to maintain it, Hill said.

The school board will vote on the class size waiver resolution, the farm lease agreement and other action items at Tuesday’s regular meeting in Perry.

To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 744-4382.

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