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Friday, October 9, 2009

CCHS reports progress toward NEASC goals

Renewed warning on state of buildings

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) reviewed the Five-Year Progress Report of Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) and voted to continue the school’s accreditation due to good progress on many recommendations. However, the school will remain on warning status. CCHS Principal Peter Badalament told the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) on September 22 that this was due to the shortcomings of the building rather than course content. In particular, Badalament cited the limited space for labs and special education. “Our building is negatively impacting students.”

Five-year progress

In a letter dated August 31, the NEASC thanked the professional staff for the thoroughness of the report and complimented the school for implementing many of its academic recommendations including:

NEASC also praised CCHS for:

Special Progress Report requested

NEASC has requested a Special Progress Report to be submitted by March 1, 2010. The report must include a statement about progress on the CCHS Master Plan. In the spring 2009, Carlisle and Concord Town Meetings approved $250,000 for a feasibility study. NEASC also reiterated that it wants to see a formal advisory program set up between teachers and students to go over goals.

Every ten years, the NEASC conducts a thorough evaluation of each public high school. They come up with commendations and recommendations for the school. Over the next ten years, the school needs to show progress on the list of recommendations or risk losing its accreditation. The CCHS is currently in the middle of that ten-year cycle. ∆

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