The DeKalb County school board will wait until June to decide whether to allow high schools to seek accreditation individually, a proponent of the move said May 5.

Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall, who is lobbying the board to allow individual high schools to seek accreditation, told board members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association during their monthly meeting that the decision would be delayed from the school board’s May 6 meeting.

He said the decision would be put off so a representative of the Georgia Accrediting Commission could attend the meeting to provide information to board members.

Nall said he thought the board would be able to vote in June on whether to allow individual high schools to seek separate accreditation from the Georgia commission.

“I think the sun and the moon and the stars, all of that, are starting to align,” he said.

Some Dunwoody parents are lobbying the board to allow individual high schools to seek accreditation as a supplement to the county-wide accreditation the schools now receive from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. SACS, saying the county school board mismanaged the system, put DeKalb’s accreditation on probation and could revoke it next year.

Accreditation from the Georgia commission would allow students to graduate from an accredited high school if SACS revokes DeKalb’s accreditation, Nall said.

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