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11/17/04

Cox on SACS Probation

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One Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education member says the board's getting a bad rap. She's upset over what she calls negative publicity after the recent investigation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

District 1's SuSu Cox says, since they have nothing to do with establishing rules for accreditation, the board shouldn't be held responsible for losing it. After a SACS investigation found some board members in violation of their own policies, Cox says the board was never made aware of governance standards.

"It would be more constructive if we were informed of those and allowed to address them as we did in the dress code letter," she said. "The superintendents in the school systems are to provide governance standards that apply to the board, that didn't happen here."

We spoke with interim superintendent George Bowen, who said district policies are listed on the board's website and since the district's policies go back at least ten years, it's possible some board members may not be aware of some.

But Bowen says that will change. "I would imagine every board member would want to know exactly what they can and cannot do and they would have taken the time, but in defense of the board members I will also say there are a lot of policies in there and that's one of the things we need to do is take a look at condensing some of them."

Cox contends the board will do whatever it takes to get off probation, she still doesn't agree with SACS acting as a policing agency. "Board members are really not a part of that accreditation process but yet we're pulled in when it comes to investigations and probations."

Cox is holding a town hall meeting tomorrow night for concerned parents at Heard Elementary, 6:30pm.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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