An oversight board wants the DeKalb school district to reform by the fall or risk losing its accreditation.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools released the findings of a review team March 3 that investigated the district.

SACS’ report is concludes the school district needs to hire a new superintendent, effectively close and redistrict schools, and develop a plan to monitor CRCT tests, among other items.

“Although the school system has made significant efforts and progress to address these challenges, more work must be done by the school system’s leadership to repair its reputation, restore trust and stakeholder confidence, and safeguard its processes.” said Mark Elgart, president and CEO of AdvancED.

The district will be required to send SACS a progress report before a visit by a review team comes before Oct. 31.

The status of the district is “accredited on advisement,” which stops short of a probation of the district’s accreditation.

– Jason Massad