State reviews Amite County School District’s progress

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 5, 2004

LIBERTY &045;&045; Though the Amite County School District remains under advised status due to findings noted in a 2002 audit, the district could regain its accreditation by the this fall, district officials said Friday.

The state’s Commission on School Accreditation met Thursday to review the district’s progress on corrective action plans, including improvements in special education, district spokesperson Debbie Hopf said.

&uot;It’s part of an ongoing review. They’ll meet again in August or September,&uot; Hopf said.

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The district still must resolve two deficiencies in its special education program, according to Special Education Director Michael McInnis.

&uot;One issue deals with least-restricted environments. We have make sure our special education students are educated with their non-disabled peers,&uot; Mcinnis said.

The district has restructured schedules and programs at elementary schools in Gloster and Liberty to correct the problem.

&uot;The other problem is with individualized education plans. Anytime a student is placed in special education, an individualized plan is required for that student,&uot; he said.