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Clayton Co. Schools gets accreditation warning

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They're only weeks into the fall semester, but the Clayton County school district is already back on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' radar. On Tuesday, SACS told district leaders their accreditation could again be in jeopardy.  

Clayton County Schools regained its accreditation last year after losing it in 2008.  Now, district leaders are working to reassure worried parents and students who are now concerned again.  

Board members received a warning letter from SACS on Tuesday.  The school system was dealt a devastating blow in 2008 when it lost its accreditation, and many parents pulled their kids out of the county's schools.  

SACS has expressed concerns about alleged infighting, how the board will carry out a search for a new superintendent and other board actions that could jeopardize the school system's standing. District spokesman David Waller insists that any issues will be addressed to SACS satisfaction before the January 15 deadline. 

School board chair Dr. Pam Adamson told FOX 5 there are problems within the board that they have been trying to address internally, but she says she was blindsided by SACS.  Adamson said she has not yet spoken with SACS directly, but she hopes to sometime Wednesday.

The next public board meeting is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m.

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