Parents in DeKalb County anxious about the accreditation status of their children’s schools will learn on Monday whether they are at risk of losing accreditation.

AdvancED, the umbrella group that includes the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, announced on Sunday, Dec. 16, that there will be a press conference at its Alpharetta headquarters Monday to discuss the results of their investigation into DeKalb County Schools.

“(President and CEO) Mark Elgart will share the findings of the review team and the implications and next steps for the school system,” the announcement says.

In August SACS notified school officials it had received numerous allegations that the school system is in violation of accreditation standards. It says the complaints allege the school board has mismanaged school funds, spent too much on services such as legal fees and that board members have undermined the school administration.

Allegations include board members using their influence in hiring decisions and meddling in budgeting procedures. The complaints also allege board members routinely violated board policy, disclosing confidential information from closed meetings and making direct requests of individual staff members.

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