ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – An accreditation agency has placed the DeKalb County School District on probation, citing long-term leadership issues after a six-month investigation.

Officials say the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools found evidence of nepotism, fiscal mismanagement and school board members influencing which schools athletes chose to attend.

The district has not lost accreditation, but has been placed on probation until Dec. 31, 2013. Although being reprimanded by SACS means the district will keep its accreditation, a new state law gives Gov. Nathan Deal the authority to replace the school board of districts that are placed on probation.

Lillian Govus, a spokeswoman, says the school district will work collaboratively to review findings of the investigation, and will address issues that led to the district being put on probation. The accreditation agency gave the school district a 20-page report outlining the issues it needs to address before the Dec. 13 deadline.

The Georgia Board of Education will also discuss the findings within 30 days, and will meet with DeKalb district officials before forwarding a recommendation to Gov. Deal for a final decision.

With over 98,000 students enrolled, the DeKalb County School District is the third largest in Georgia.



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