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FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2006


Keep fingers crossed final word on IB good

Decatur school officials are excited that the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program committee said good things about an inspection team's visit here in November.

The complimentary letter to Austin and Decatur high schools said the committee was impressed with the quality of the application and appreciated the diligent work that preceded its visit.

The Diploma Programme Schools Committee met in New York City earlier this month to review Decatur and Austin high schools' application for entry into this world-class education program. It now must make its recommendation to the IB board of directors.

So, Decatur didn't get a "yes" answer or a "no" answer; the letter seems to be a maybe that leans towards approval.

Many people still don't grasp the significance of IB and would rather spend the money it will take to put the program in place somewhere else.

But IB offers students the choice between getting a good education and getting one that will stand up against programs any place in the world.

Having an IB program brings attention to a city. IB will make it easier for Jeremy Nails and the Morgan County Economic Development Association to bring industry to the county.

Getting to this point in the application process hasn't been easy. It's taken dedication and commitment from administrators and teachers. The complimentary letter acknowledges that effort.

Hopefully, acceptance will come this summer and city and chamber of commerce officials will have another lure in their tackle box for landing many of the Base Realignment and Closure families coming to the valley to live and educate their children.

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