JONESBORO, Ga. -- A SACS review team is recommending full accreditation for the Clayton County school district.
It could put to rest six years of accreditation turmoil for the once troubled school system.
The county learned of their status on Wednesday after a three-day investigation conducted by SACS.
The recommendation was met with a standing ovation from more than a hundred people in the school system's board room Wednesday -- and a sense of relief among school officials.
"I'm elated," said school board member Jessie Goree. "That's why I ran for the board, because my child was here when we lost our accreditation. It's been very stressful."
Clayton County's accreditation troubles began when board members filed complaints against each other in 2007.
Clayton County's individual schools have already regained accreditation.
This final step -- accreditation for the district as a whole -- is expected to be ratified by a meeting of the SACS board in June.
In a report by AdvancED, the External Review Team extended appreciation, respect, acknowledgement and congratulations toward to county at the conclusion of their exit report.
The school system will come up for review again in 2018.