Max Adcock, the former school board superintendent was suspended by the board after he sent in a written statement of assurance to the ADE stating that Saratoga High School is teaching and has students enrolled in all 38 units required to be taught by the state.
But the ADE sent a standards assurance unit to investigate, and found that the assurance letter contained false, inaccurate or incomplete information, and Saratoga failed to meet the state's standards.
The board earlier wanted to vote to close the school down, but a 1979 Saratoga High School graduate caused that vote not to pass. He now says he's had a change of heart.
"I made what I thought was the easiest thing I've ever done was to stand up for Saratoga," says school board member Dale Gathright. "But I also realized that I've got to look out for Saratoga Elementary, I've got to look out for the teachers and the personnel that have jobs, and the viability of the whole Mineral Springs Saratoga School District."
What was happening is that students at Saratoga were being bussed in the morning to Mineral Springs High School, where they stay for classes, then in the afternoon the students come back to Saratoga and take history and computer classes plus athletics.
However, in order to operate as a state school you have to teach all 38 units at one school.
The ADE in this letter to the school district says they have until Sept. 24 to appeal its findings.
The State Board of Education will make a decision on Oct. 8.
The school board says it will vote in the morning not to appeal the ADE's findings, and go ahead and close the school down.