Peach school system placed on probation

The Peach County school system has been placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, according to a news release issued late this afternoon by the board of education.

The Peach County school system underwent a SACS Quality Assurance Review on Sept. 23-26, the news release noted.

A letter dated Jan. 7 from SACS informed the Peach board of education that the commission “reviewed and took action on the recommendation of the Quality Assurance Review Team,” the release said. The letter stated that the commission upheld the district’s accreditation, but due to concerns in the report, the school system would now be granted “accreditation with probation status.”

A SACS team will schedule a follow-up visit to Peach County during the next academic year to assess the school system’s progress in addressing the following areas cited in the report:

“Review the Peach County Board of Education Policy Manual and allow all parties within the system to function in their respective roles without interference from the board” and “seek immediate means for the Board of Education to resolve their public differences and work as a team to fulfill the adopted mission, vision, beliefs of the Peach County School District.”

Interim Superintendent Jim O’Shields was quoted in the news release as saying, “We are happy to be an accredited school district, and we will work to address any concerns cited in the report.”

The school system must submit a two-year progress report in 2009 showing its progress in improving upon the recommendations made during the Quality Assurance Review, the release concluded.