The Georgia State Board of Education appointed Dr. Edgar Floyd to chair a Public/Private Schools Accreditation Task Force in February, 1997. The purpose of the Task Force would be to formulate an umbrella organization which would oversee the accreditation of private schools in the state, primarily to provide for the transfer of credit and grades from accredited private schools to public schools. Under the supervision of the State Board, Dr. Floyd appointed the members of the Task Force listed below. The Public/Private Schools Accreditation Task Force subsequently recommended that this organization would be called the Georgia Private School Accreditation Council (GAPSAC) and that an interim Board of Directors be appointed for GAPSAC until formation of the Council was completed and Directors from member organizations were elected. The interim Board of Directors consisted of the members of the Accreditation Task Force:
Meetings of the Public/Private Schools Accreditation Task Force were held on March 3, May 29, and July 7, 1997. During these meetings, the concept of the Georgia Private School Accreditation Council (GAPSAC) was discussed, the written documents were presented, and the wording refined. At the meeting on July 7, 1997, the motion was made by Don Thornhill and seconded by Bill Barr that the GAPSAC documentation be presented for consideration by the Georgia State Board of Education at the Board meeting on July 10, 1997. Affirmative vote of the Task Force was unanimous.
At the August 13, 1998 meeting of the State Board of Education, the Board adopted a change to Rule 160-5-1-.15 adding the Georgia Private School Accreditation Council (GAPSAC) to the list of approved accrediting agencies. A letter from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia dated February 8, 1999, formally recognized GAPSAC as one of the three accrediting agencies whose decisions the Board of Regents will accept for admissions purposes. Even though graduates of accredited schools of two GAPSAC organizations had been previously recognized by the Georgia Student Finance Authority to receive HOPE scholarships, as a result of the passing of Georgia Senate Bill 452 in March, 2000, all GAPSAC member associations are now approved for HOPE scholarships and grants.
The organizational meeting of GAPSAC was held on March 31, 1999. Upon election of Directors from member organizations and appointment of a Director by the Georgia State Board of Education, the interim Directors resigned their responsibilities. Current and future members of the GAPSAC Board of Directors will, in accord with the GAPSAC Constitution, be made up of representatives of member organizations and a representative from the Georgia State Board of Education.
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