State Board Of Education Revokes Accreditation For Boynton-Moton School District

Thursday, March 24th 2011, 1:12 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Members of the Oklahoma Board of Education Thursday voted unanimously to remove accreditation from Boynton-Moton district effective June 30, 2011.

The vote came after members listened to a presentation about the Muskogee County school district.

The vote means the school district will no longer be recognized by the state Department of Education.

Officials say they will place an item on next month's agenda to look at consolidation proposals.

Where the 47 students end up is in question. The board could vote to annex the school with nearby Haskell or Midway.

3/23/2011 Related Story: State Education Board To Discuss Future Of Muskogee County School District

Officials say a team of Oklahoma Department of Education personal conducted a comprehensive inquiry into the district, spearheaded by state Assistant Superintendent Sharon Lease.

The inquiry involved assessments from regional accreditation officers, child nutrition, school finance, and student assessment.

Officials say the team found multiple areas of noncompliance.

One of the items concerned the district's API score.  Official told the board, Boynton-Moton had th lowest API score in the state by 100 points. Twenty-seven students tested in math and only 3 scored proficient.

Another area of non-compliance concerned the number of meals based on attendance rather than how many meals served.   Officials say the school district owes $17,000.

Boynton is located southwest of Muskogee on U.S. Highway 62.

In addition, officials say the state auditor and inspector's office conducting an investigative audit of the school district. The meeting is being held in Oklahoma City.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.