After a three-day visit by a regional education review team, the Barrow County School System on Wednesday earned overall accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The district-wide accreditation lasts for five years. According to a presentation of findings delivered by the review board’s chairman, Bill Floyd, Columbia, S.C., the school district received five “highly functional” ratings and two “operational” ratings out of seven evaluations.
“You have a lot to be proud of,” said Floyd. “This is one of the better reports that I have done and I have done a lot of them.”
Floyd told the board and school system staff at the April 2 meeting that the team’s recommendation to the SACS commission will be that the school system is “accredited, which means you have no deficiencies within the standard areas — you have recommendations, but no deficiencies.”
I've always got the impression that receiving a SACS recommendation is a very good thing. I mean it was such a big deal when Clayton County lost their accreditation that it was upsetting to hear about how the students were affected. So I'm happy, relieved, and proud that Barrow received the accreditation. That means my oldest can graduate in 4 years, and he can get the college of his choice.