DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA, Reporter Newspapers broadcast partner) –

Georgia’s Department of Education has summoned members of the DeKalb County School Board to present evidence as to why they should not be suspended.

The state board of education convened on Thursday at 1 p.m. All nine members of the DeKalb County School Board were present.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the district’s accrediting agency, has put the school system on probation.

SACS officials said an investigation found mismanagement of money, abuse of power and unethical hiring practices.

Both the Department of Education’s attorney and the lawyer representing the school district asked the board to agree to a consent order that spells out the action board members will take to address SACS’ concerns.

“I assure you we grasp the seriousness of this situation and we are wholeheartedly committed,” said Eugene Walker, chairman of the DeKalb County School Board. “We will be a more functional and effective board.”

The proposed consent order was signed by all nine school board members. The board’s attorney said the agreement demonstrated the board’s commitment to achieve the required actions to improve and demonstrate progress.

Stay with CBS Atlanta News for updates on Thursday’s hearing and the action the state school board will take.

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