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Schools to be reaccredited

Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Lebanon Special School District's board members received some good news Wednesday, finding out the system will earn reaccreditation.

For three days, an evaluation team from AdvancED, the organization that accredits schools, visited with board members, Director of Schools Scott Benson, and spent time in several of the schools with teachers, administrators and students. Each of the team members completed an evaluation and the scores were averaged to come up with the final figure.

AdvancED team member Dr. Steve Epperson presented some of the findings to the board members at their Wednesday meeting. The results given were on a four point scale.

Epperson said the team interviewed 160 people across the district.

"The fact that your average was above three is exceptional," Epperson said. "You've got some wonderful things going on in your classrooms."

There were two areas the team said needed a little attention, but Epperson also added "the system is beginning to look at those anyway. The two points were "ensure meaningful, consistent grading practices are implemented throughout the district" and implementing a system-wide long range plan.

Epperson closed his presentation saying "You've got a wonderful school system and everybody we talked to is committed to getting better. Certainly, without question the team is recommending that the district be reaccredited."

Benson said "We're going to continue to do great things and continue to get better."

The system should receive its reaccreditation in June, according to Epperson.

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