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Mark Elgart, accreditation boogeyman: $355,024
Mark Elgart, when not scaring the pants off of local school boards, draws a paycheck of more than $350,000 from his Alpharetta-based non-profit, Advance Education Inc.
Elgart collected base pay of $284,400 in fiscal year 2009, plus deferred compensation of $58,125 and benefits. Tax records show four other senior staffers also earned $150,000 or more that year.
Advance Education has also set aside $1.5 million for obligations for deferred compensation and retirement benefits, records show.
More commonly known as SACS, or the Southern Association on Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, the non-profit hit the headlines in 2008 when it stripped the Clayton County school district of its accreditation. The organization later revoked accreditation for Warren County schools near Augusta. Then-Gov. Sonny Perdue later removed members of both counties’ school boards from office.
Since then, SACS has placed the Atlanta school system on probation and DeKalb County’s on “advisement” — just one step short of probation.
Read much more here as the AJC’s Heather Vogell sorts through the controversies over the non-profit’s interventions in local school governance disputes. Click here to download Advance Education’s latest tax filing with the Internal revenue Service.