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January 30--  The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)says the Montgomery County school board is making progress to get the school system off probation.

County school superintendent Randy Rodgers says he has received a preliminary report from SACS.  Last year the organization investigated complaints about the school board and found it lacking in eight areas of board governance.

The new report follows a second visit by a SACS team and says the board has corrected three areas of deficiency and is making progress on correcting the other five.

The state school board will examine the report to determine the future of the school board.  After a hearing last August, it gave the school board until March 31 to get its house in order or face possible removal by Governor Nathan Deal.

Meanwhile, a third follow-up visit by SACS is scheduled for June, according to Rodgers, who has said he expects the school system will be removed from SACS probation before next school term.