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Phenix City schools could be in danger of losing their accreditation

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

Phenix City schools are facing the possibility of losing their accreditation from the Southern Association of College and Schools or SACS.

Superintendent Larry DiChiara told News Leader 9 he received a letter from SACS, detailing concerns about the way school board members are appointed.

The letter states: "Advanced is concerned about the process that Phenix City Council is using to appoint governing board members for Phenix City schools. Specifically, we have an interest to ensure that Phenix City Council exercises due diligence by considering any potential conflict of interest a prospective member of the board may have with the school system before appointing a new board member."

 A new school board member is coming on board in June.

"A gentleman who was the opposing council that represented the city in the lawsuit that they had with the school district.  When you then place that opposing council on the school board, it just doesn't look good whether the intentions were pure or not," says Superintendent DiChiara.

In a unanimous vote earlier this month, Phenix City Council appointed attorney Kenneth Funderburk to the Phenix City School Board, an attorney for Russell County.

News Leader 9 tried to reach out to the mayor and other council member; however some did not wish to comment and others did not return our calls.

Council member Arthur Sumbry did say that they did not appoint any school board members with the intention of influencing the district. 

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