WEDOWEE - While a U.S. District Judge last week lifted the consent decree that hung over Randolph County Schools, Superintendent John Jacobs said that by no means ends the fair practices and lessons the past 25 years has taught the school system.
According to a press release from the board, "In December 1994, Randolph County Board of Education entered into a court-supervised consent decree that outlined the steps the school district would have to take in order to discharge its desegregation obligations as set forth in the Lee v. Macon County Board of Education case of 1967. For the last 25 years, the Randolph County school district has earnestly pursued the requirements of this decree, and on Tuesday, June 22, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson granted the district's motion for unitary status.
"While the declaration of unitary status declared the Randolph County school district to be unitary, dissolved all outstanding orders and injunctions and dismissed the litigation as to defendants Randolph County Board of Education, its member and the county superintendent of education, the board wants to confirm their commitment to continuing non-discriminatory practices and policies - including those they developed in collaboration with the Intercultural Development Research Association, the private plaintiffs and board attorneys, the Department of Justice and other equity agencies.
"Since 1994, many individuals have worked extremely hard in their efforts to achieve unitary status, and the board offers their sincere gratitude for their efforts. In particular, they acknowledge the diligent effort of the District Employment Committee and local school committee members and all who have assisted in the efforts for personnel and hiring. Without their intense dedication, this goal would not have been met. To all of the stakeholders (employees, students, parents, community members, board members) past, present and future, the board thanks you for your support, and they promise continued practices to ensure the district remains unitary."