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Schools deal with first districtwide accreditation effort

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By Damon Lawrence

AdvancED, an accreditation agency, was in town this week to conduct a review of the Roane County school system.

“In the past we have done individual schools,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “We have never done a district accreditation in which they look at the whole district together, so this is a new experience for us.”

Aytes said the school system contacted AdvancED for the review.

“It’s been a real positive experience,” he said. “It’s a chance for outside folks to look and see what we’re really doing well and things we need to work on. It’s a good process.”

Aytes said a presentation on the findings would be given to the Roane County Board of Education on Thursday at 6 p.m., which was after press time.

“When they give the presentation to the board we’ll know,” Aytes said. “I’ll actually know about 4 o’clock (on Thursday).”