APS Board of Ed To Meet Tonight
Discussion will include who will make up the stakeholder group and hiring third party mediator
The Atlanta Public Schools board of education will meet Monday at 7 p.m. to continue to work on the six recommendations handed down by a third party accrediting agency.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools put Atlanta Public Schools on a 9-month probation earlier this month due to board governing issues.
If the board fails to resolve the issues by September, APS high schools, including Maynard Jackson High School and Crim Open Campus High School could lose accreditation. Loss of accreditation could mean that graduating students could have a tough time getting accepted to colleges and receiving scholarships.
The six recommendations from SACS include hiring an outside mediator to help the board communicate and work together, hire an outside party to aid with the search for a new superintendent, analyze and revise board policies, work on communicating with the community and stake holders, ensure that the actions and behavior of all board members are aligned with board policies and align board policies with the state charter.
The board began to address the recommendations last week and will continue the conversation Monday about organizing a stakeholder group and hiring the mediator and third party to help with the superintendent search.
They voted unanimously to meet every Monday night to continue to work on recommendations from SACS and also set a deadline of May 1 to have made significant progress on all six issues.
Cecily Harsch-Kinnane, who represents district 3 on the Atlanta Public Schools board of education, organized a nearly two-hour question and answer session Tuesday night where she apologized to the community and vowed to do whatever it takes to ensure APS high school remain accredited.