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Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 10:24am

Coffee Schools Eye Full Accreditation

In South Georgia, Coffee County public schools are making progress toward regaining their full accreditation.

The school system was placed on probation for having a dysfunctional, micromanaging and threatening school board.

Since the probation three months ago, school board members have attended meetings, undergone training, watched videos and heard from lawyers.

They've also heard from constituents, who've told them to stop their raucous tantrums and drama.

Schools superintendent Steve Wilmoth now describes school board meetings as tame.

"It's really just business to me," says Wilmoth. "We've had several trainings with SACS representatives and we've tried to address each and every item, including Roberts Rules of Order and professional conduct at meetings."

Officials from the accrediting Southern Association of Colleges and Schools won't revisit Coffee County until next month.

But Wilmoth is confident the system will go off probation by next spring.

School board governance became a statewide political issue last year when Clayton County became the first school system in the nation to lose accreditation in decades.

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