Marietta Superintendent Emily Lembeck said the continuation of SACS accreditation provides her district with a nationally recognized mark of quality.
“This accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators, and supported by a collaborative and engaged school board,” she said.
School Board Chair Randy Weiner said, “Based on our reaccreditation, I’m confident that they saw the hard work that happens in each of our schools every day.”
Six SACS representatives reviewed the district for reaccreditation in mid-December. The last review was in October 2007. Marietta’s current five-year accreditation was set to expire June 30.
During that visit, SACS representatives interviewed 351 district stakeholders, including Lembeck, board members, district-level administrators, instructional coaches, principals, parents, business partners, teachers and students.
They also observed classes at Marietta High, Marietta Middle, Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, Marietta Center for Advanced Academics and Dunleith and Park Street elementary schools.
SACS Review Committee Chair James Brown told the school board at the closing of the three-day review that the only action required by the team was that the district needs to work on building stronger relationships between students and faculty.
“I’m pleased to say that we had to dig and dig and dig to find a required action for the Marietta City School District,” Brown said at that time. “Regardless of how well a school district might be achieving, or regardless of how well students might be performing … there is always room for growth.”