PICKENS — The School District of Pickens County received welcome news when a finalized report was released by AdvancED granting re-accreditation through June 2019.
A two-member team from AdvancED reviewed the district following its initial report citing issues to review the progress the board had made in the interim. Following interviews with five of six board members, present and former superintendents, and district staff, the review recommended re-accreditation for the district with one caveat.
According to the report released by AdvancED, the district had made significant improvements in the areas of concern cited by the original External Review, but went on to state “there is need for continued training and commitment to behaving within appropriate board member roles.”
Another review has been scheduled for December 2014 with an internal improvement report expected no later than two weeks before the scheduled visit.
Though there might be at least one more visit by AdvancED in the future, re-accreditation is no longer hanging over the school district and its board, which certainly pleases District Superintendent Danny Merck.
“I’m very pleased that our accreditation has been extended through June of 2019,” said Merck. “I want to thank our board for the hard work they’ve done toward maintaining our accreditation and for doing what’s in the best interest of our students.”
School board Chairman Alex Saitta is also glad to have this hurdle behind him and the board as they prepare for the 2014-15 school year with a new administration in place.
“AdvancED’s initial report recommended renewal of our accreditation. Like most all audits, AdvancED listed required actions in terms of education, building maintenance and board governance,” Saitta said. “Working with our attorney and consultant, the next few months we discussed the report and the district and board worked to address AdvancED’s concerns. I’m happy the review team was satisfied with our effort and AdvancED has renewed the school district’s accreditation for another five years.”