Ramona Tyson
Ramona Tyson

The DeKalb County school district is not at risk of losing accreditation, Ramona Tyson, interim superintendent said Friday.

The school system was told of their status by AdvancED, the parent of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, following a 2,500-page response from the district following an inquiry from the schools association about problems in the district.

The district has been steeped in scandal that has included allegations of building contracts being funneled to insiders, administrators selling textbooks to the school system and other questionable ethical practices.

The association of schools, the accrediting agency noted “that significant efforts to address limitations in policies, as well as related administrative procedures, have recently been addressed. In addition, it is clear the school system is beginning the process to review and reflect on all aspects of its operation and future direction.”

Meanwhile, DeKalb County unveiled a plan last week that detailed a process to close, reconsolidate and redistrict the system – the third largest in the state – by February. A round of public meetings is upcoming soon on the redistricting plan.

The first meeting will be held Nov. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Chamblee High School.

Thomas Bowen

As part of the re-accreditation of the school district, the school association will appoint a “special review team” to visit DeKalb County schools as part of a five-year review cycle for accreditation, said district officials.

The district is on track for certification in 2012, said Mark Elgart, president and CEO of AdavncedED.

“It’s not a formal investigation,” he said. “The focus of our visit is to assist the system during this critical transition.”

Tom Bowen, chairman of the Board of Education, said “parents and students can rest assured that the DeKalb County School System’s accreditation is not at issue.