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Liberty Co. superintendent hosting forum for parents concerned with accreditation review

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Could Liberty County schools lose their accreditation?

An upcoming review by the accrediting agency has some parents anxious about how it could affect their student. The school superintendent is holding a forum for parents.

Superintendent Dr. Franklin Perry says the problems that brought the review happened before his arrival, but the process had already started. He says this isn't about academics in the schools, but possible micromanaging by the Board of Education.

He says the review by AdvancEd comes from parent complaints that started more than a year ago. AdvancEd is the investigative arm of the accrediting agency to determine whether schools should keep their status or lose it.

He says he's seen better cooperation among board members and school leaders since his arrival but the investigation was already in the works.

“We have a plan and I feel like we can satisfy AdvancEd with that because the board wants to do the right thing,” Dr. Perry said.

Losing accreditation could affect graduates applying for college. It could also affect school systems seeking grants.

Dr. Perry feels confident Liberty County schools won't lose that status.

“We have accreditation. We have a plan in place, we're not going to lose accreditation. They're not going to punish 10,000 students because of seven grown folks,” he said.

Dr. Perry hopes parents will work with the school system to deal with the board issues and help schools move forward.

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