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Board OKs districtwide accreditation through SACS

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

OWENS — Tanner and Clements high schools won't undergo SACS accreditation next spring.

That's because the Limestone County Board of Education voted Monday to participate in districtwide accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tanner and Clements, the first two schools to receive accreditation, were scheduled for review in the spring.

All Limestone schools are SACS-accredited but must undergo SACS evaluation to remain accredited. That had been done on an individual basis, which can cost $2,000 to $5,000 per school, Ardmore High Principal Mike Owens said.

Now, the district will undergo one evaluation, estimated to cost $3,000 to $6,000. It will take about 18 months. Johnson Elementary Principal Joan Austin said going districtwide saves both money and employee time.

She said smaller schools have fewer staff members to serve on the required committees during a SACS review.

"So staff members are having to serve on multiple committees, which takes time away from educating students," Austin said.

Superintendent Barry Carroll said Limestone becomes the fifth system in the state to switch to districtwide accreditation.

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