Governor Sonny Perdue has appointed two members of the state board of education as special liaisons to the Warren County school system.
James Bostic, Jr., and William "Brad" Bryant will serve as advisers to Warren County as it attempts to regain accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The system will lose accreditation in July due to conflicts on the school board.
Both Bostic and Bryant served in the same capacity in 2008 when the Clayton County school system lost its accreditation. Clayton County was the first system in the U.S. to lose accreditation in 40 years. Warren County will be the second.
Governor Perdue is also pushing for legislation that would require minimum qualifications for local school boards across the state, standardize ethics requirements and provide training. It would also allow the state to take over dysfunctional school boards. The state legislature's House education committee will review the bill today.
“It is incredibly frustrating to watch the fallout from a dysfunctional school board undermine earnest teachers and jeopardize their students’ potential,” Governor Perdue said in a press release. “That’s why we brought this legislation last year, and now we find ourselves in a similar situation with yet another school system facing loss of accreditation.”