The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 27, 2010

2 school districts could have accreditation pulled

From The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two Oklahoma school districts could have their accreditation revoked by the state Board of Education.

The board will meet Thursday and will consider whether the Bell School District in Adair County and the Watson School District in McCurtain County will keep their state accreditation. Both districts offer classes for kindergarten through 8th grade.

Both districts have struggled with financial issues this year as state education appropriations have been cut because of a $1.2 billion budget hole.

The board also will consider formal requests by the Little Axe district in Cleveland County and the Butner and Varnum districts in Seminole County to grant the districts a waiver from an Oklahoma law that requires students to receive 175 days of instruction per school year.

The three schools closed early after surrounding areas were hit hard by tornadoes May 10.