Historic first - schools accredited system-wide
For the first time in Elbert County history every school in the county’s school system has received accreditation.
Elbert County School Superintendent Chuck Bell passed out the accreditation certificates to each of the principals in the Elbert County school district Monday night at the school board’s work session at the school administration meeting room.
“School system accreditation as conferred by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission provides Elbert County schools a nationally-recognized mark of quality for our system and all the schools within our system,” Bell said in a statement released at the work session. “It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.”
The accreditation process involves three ongoing components, according to the statement.
First, the school system is meeting high quality standards.
Second, the school system will implement a continuous process of improvement.
Third, the school system will engage in quality assurance through internal and external review.
Principals Sonya Barnett, Rosa Harris, Celina Brown, Jon Jarvis, Jason Kouns and Tammy Mason each received a certificate on behalf of their schools.
AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in 70 countries and involving 16 million students.
Bell told the school board that he is awaiting a written report from structural engineers who have been inspecting the light poles in the Granite Bowl.
He told the school board that he hopes there is a good report from the structural engineers.
Bell also said that the school system is seeking an architect to begin implementing projects related to the recently approved 2017 special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) for schools.
In the update on facilities in the system Bell said the high school will be needing some facilities renovation for special education classroom space.
The school system collected $155,996 in SPLOST funds for the month of March, according to Elbert County School Chief Financial Officer Ben Childs.
Childs also told the school board that the system has collected approximately $7.15 million in funds from the 2011 SPLOST and he estimates that school system will collect about $2.3 million more before the 2011 SPLOST expires.