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July 26--  The Montgomery County school system is off probation according to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

County School Superintendent Randy Rodgers was notified Thursday by AdvancEd that it's review team which visited in June made the recommendation.

"When I arrived in March of last year there were a lot of things going on.  My job as the new superintendent was to try and find ways to put things back together.  Part of the process was to try to lead the Board of Education in such a way that we made good business decisions and good personnel decisions and, of course, that does not always please everyone," Rodgers said.

The school system was placed on probation last year for school board governance issues and the review team says work is still needed to bring the community together in support of the schools.

It also noted the makeup of the school board will be changed in the upcoming election and recommended steps be taken regarding board training for any newly elected members.

The review team also recommended the school board examine the dropping enrollment in the school system which it said has been going on for the last four years.

Superintendent Rodgers says the students who remain are meeting or exceeding academic standards and have better test scores than many others in the area.

"Our achievement continues to be very good throughout this. The men and women of Montgomery County come to work everyday and do the things they're supposed to do in order to make sure our children receive the kind of education they desire and deserve," he said.

The school system is now in a status called "Accredited on Advisement" and must provide a progress report by next Spring and host another review team visit before the middle of next May.