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IB program inspectors to decide if Decatur is worthy

By Bayne Hughes
DAILY Education Writer 340-2432

The people with the power are coming to Decatur on Monday. They will decide if Austin and Decatur high schools are worthy of the International Baccalaureate's Diploma Program.

This is the culmination of a two-year effort to bring the international honors program for juniors and seniors to the city.

International Baccalaureate Organization inspectors will spend two days at Decatur High and then two days at Austin.

"They'll give us a list of recommendations of things we need, and we'll probably be able to get a good feeling on whether or not they'll recommend us for approval," Austin Principal Don Snow said.

Flo Durway, a consultant from North Carolina who has been helping school officials prepare for the visit, said inspectors could recommend approval; ask for more information and suggest changes before making a recommendation; or refuse to recommend approval.

The IB board of directors will then vote.

Decatur Principal Mike Ward compared the inspection to Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaccredidation inspections that occur every five years.

The principals said they would look at facilities, schedules and curriculum. They will interview everyone who could become involved in the program, including superintendent, school board members, administration, coordinators, teachers, students and parents.

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