Augusta Commissioners talk about importance of Paine College

Augusta Commissioners talk about importance of Paine College

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Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 News 12 NBC 26 at 11 O’Clock

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Another hit for Paine College and even more so for its supporters like alum and Commissioner William Fennoy.

“Disappointed first reaction and just concerned about what’s the next step, what is Paine going to do next to get their accreditation,” Fennoy said.

The school’s next step, a lawsuit against SACS. Some commissioners say that’s a good move since they believe the appeal board ignored the facts.

“Disappointed that the organization took their accreditation away, but I’m confident that Paine College will go to court and the court will rule in favor of Paine,” Commissioner Dennis Williams said.

But for a school already struggling financially, a lawsuit only adds to the costs and puts more of a burden on the community to bring in dollars.

“I think that the friends and supporters and graduates of Paine College will do whatever they can to help defray the cost of this,” Fennoy said.

The commission had a similar debate back in December, where they decided the city would not help Paine out financially. But some commissioners are still pushing for people to pour money into the school.

“Money keeps coming in and I encourage people to continue to contribute to Paine even though this is something that’s going to court,” Fennoy said.

Even Mayor Hardie Davis said in a statement, “I charge all stakeholders- students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and citizens of Augusta to join me and behind the college during this difficult time, our collective commitment and support is extremely critical.”

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