After state takeover in 2013, Leflore schools improve, on track to regain accreditation

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GREENWOOD, Mississippi — The Leflore County School District is much closer to having its accreditation restored.

The Commonwealth reports (http://bit.ly/1zCvIUh ) that the Mississippi Department of Education's Commission on Accreditation voted Thursday to recommend giving the schools accreditation. The commission's recommendation will be handed over to the state Board of Education.

The district lost its accreditation after it was taken over by the state in October 2013 following two straight years of "F'' ratings on the state's AF accountability model.

The state Board of Education meet next on Dec. 18 and 19.

Even if the school district recovers its accreditation, Jean Cook, a spokeswoman for the state Education Department, said the district will remain under the control of the state. "The school district will remain in conservatorship," Cook said.

Robert Strebeck, the district's stateappointed conservator, said last month that the district had been found to be in violation of 27 process standards by state education auditors. The violations came after a surprise audit of the district in February 2013.

Those violations were among the reasons cited by the Department of Education when it successfully pushed to remove thenSuperintendent Viola Williams McCaskill and the school board and take over control of the district.

Strebeck says the district is improving and meeting state standards.

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