Johnson made the announcement during the Tuesday, Aug. 7 meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Education. A committee recommended district accreditation following several days of school visits, interviews and other information gathering sessions this past spring and stressed at that time that this was only a recommendation and that official confirmation (or denial) would come later from the National Review Committee.
Johnson and board members were elated that the district accreditation status is now official.
“I am pleased to announce that the Cherokee County Board of Education was granted district accreditation from AdvancED Accreditation, the national commission that confers the southern association of cocolelges and schools,” said Johnson. What this means to our system, to our district, is that all of our schools are accredited. And the Cherokee County School System is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.”
The accreditation process involves three ongoing responses, Johnson said, including meeting high quality standards, implementing a continuous process of improvement and engaging in quality assurance for external and internal review. This district accreditation is for five years with regular monitoring and progress occurring during those five years.
“I have a few people I would like to thank ans I would like to start with Dr. Trina Wood who chaired this project,” said Johnson. “And I can tell you it was a long process, a good process. There was a lot of work she chaired and delegated out and she did an excellent job along with her staff. So I want to thank them for all of their hard work.”
“I also want to thank our board of education,” said Johnson. “One of the highest marks we got was on governing and leadership. That is a direct reflection, not only of our board, but our central office staff, administrators, that reflects on all of us. Thank you board for what you do on a daily basis but also to our supervisors and administrators.”
“I also want to thank our faculty and staff members, and that includes certified and support personnel,” said Johnson. “They were on committees in school and after school, spent a lot of time away from their home and personal time so I want to thank them for all the things they were able to add to the accreditation process and last but not least, a huge thank you to our community representatives for coming in and also taking part. They spent time out of their work.”
“This is something that is wonderful,” said Johnson. “It just lets our community and state know that the Cherokee County School System is following policy that we are doing what we can do to have a quality system and I want to thank everyone that had a part in this and most importantly, thank our teachers, employees and we are doing all this for our students.”
Johnson noted again that each school received individual accreditation as well and presented certificates of appreciation to at representatives of Centre Elementary School, Cedar Bluff School, Centre Elementary School , Centre Middle School, Cherokee County Career and Techology Center, Cherokee County High school, Gaylesville School, Sand Rock School, and Spring Garden School.