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October 20--  The Montgomery County school board is continuing its efforts to meet accreditation standards suggested by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  A SACS review team is scheduled to return to the county in early December to assess board progress after putting it on probation this past summer.

{mosimage}One of the SACS suggestions is for the school board to have more community involvement in the development of strategic plans.  Monday night the school board heard a presentation from Bill Sampson from the Georgia School Board Association on one option the association can provide.

"I think it's important for every system to look at where they want to go.  The board has to ask where are we now, where do we want to go and how do we get there," Sampson said.

Sampson suggested a community outreach effort with a price tag of nearly $30,000 which seemed a bit high to board members Jim Paul Poole and Lendle Hamilton, however, chairwoman Deloris James believes it's worth it.

"I'm very impressed with all the things Mr. Samspon had to say tonight relative to strategic planning.  I know that some of my colleagues on the board think it's really expensive at $29,500.  We only have roughly a thousand students in this county, so we're only talking about $30 per child and I think every child in our county is worth $30," James said.

The school board said it will study Mr. Sampson's proposal as well as other options.

Meanwhile, the board appointed a third member to a tribunal scheduled to conduct fair dismissal hearings Tuesday, October 25.  Allen Smith, former Irwin County school superintendent, will join school superintendents from Dublin City and Wilcox County on the tribunal.

The hearings are being held for three teachers who lost their jobs during a reduction in force.  They are elementary school teacher Marilyn Haymons and middle school teachers Allie Rhodes and Lisa Parker.