Cobb Submits Final SACS Report
Board member says the group has been "working together" as "good stewards."
The Cobb County School District submitted a progress report Wednesday in the hope of closing the books on last spring’s inquiry by its accrediting agency.
Cobb Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told the The Marietta Daily Journal that the report addresses the concerns of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools bullet by bullet and should resolve the accrediting agency’s concerns.
School Board Member Tim Stultz of Smyrna told Patch, “Even though there are different viewpoints and philosophies by different members, the Board has been working together to ensure that the school district is providing a quality education while being good stewards of tax payer funds.”
The SACS Council on Accreditation and School Improvement sent the school district a letter of inquiry on March 29 in response to public complaints, many responding to the change from a balanced school calendar to a more traditional schedule.
Hinojosa’s predecessor, Fred Sanderson, responded with a letter acknowledging many problems with the county Board of Education.
The CEO of SACS parent AdvancED, Mark Elgart, announced in a letter and at a news conferencein May that the Cobb district would not face a formal investigation and would maintain its accreditation "under advisement" but had to show progress in board training, cohesion and communication by Dec. 1.
Since that time, the board has hired Hinojosa, who has reorganized the Central Office. The board also has gone through training sessions with the Georgia School Boards Association and adopted a vision statement but continues to struggle with the school calendar.