Could SACS Letter Affect Clayton County School Board Elections?

Four members of the Clayton County school board are up for re-election November 6th. The board last month received a “letter of concern” from its accrediting agency, which some say could impact the elections. The Clayton County Schools will undergo a full evaluation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the spring. Mark Elgart, the CEO of SACS’ parent company, says the letter was a proactive measure.

“[We’re saying], ‘Here are some issues,”  Elgart says, “‘Don’t make them become the issues that ultimately impact your evaluation negatively.’”

Those issues include “conflict among board members.” Board chair Pam Adamson says that’s limited to one or two members, but she’s worried voters will oust the incumbents anyway.

“I fear that they will not have a good opportunity to get re-elected simply because of this and they’re not the cause,” Adamson says, “They’re not the cause of this letter. They’re good board members; they’re trying their best.”

Adamson declined to say which board members she blamed for the problems. Candidates in districts 2, 3, 6, and 7 are up for re-election.

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