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DeKalb School Board meeting on district's problems

2:56 PM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb School Board members have called two meetings for Wednesday to deal with a number of issues, including those that put the district's accreditation on probation.

The entire DeKalb board had to come before the state Board of Education last week because it's now a requirement when any system's accreditation is put on probation.

They didn't have an easy time of it. 

State board members grilled DeKalb board members about each issue that got the county board in hot water -- from board members interfering with day-to-day operations to budget issues.

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One major criticism is that the DeKalb school board had a budget, but deliberately didn't follow it.

"We're working on improving oversight of the budget. Clearly some things have slipped through the cracks," said board chair Eugene Walker. "We're trying now to put in place better monitoring procedures, and make sure that the policies we have are compatible with our ability to monitor."

The board returns to the state board of education for questioning on February 21, and while board members have agreed to a consent order to work on their problems over 90 days, the state board gave them just one month.

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