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November 9, 2013

School reaccreditation can be lengthy process for schools

Accreditation for schools is a long, costly process

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The district has also made minor improvements to its school in the meantime, recently installing new sprinkler, heating and cooling systems.

When Brian Stack started at Sanborn Regional High School eight years ago as assistant principal and curriculum director, the school had been on probation for several years. The building and its curriculum were deemed inadequate.

But a new school was built in 2006, resolving NEASC’s building concerns. It took a few years longer to address curriculum deficiencies, according to Stack, now the school’s principal.

“If you are deficient in curriculum, you can improve that,” he said. “For a building, that’s different. You have to get voters to approve it.”

The school will not be evaluated for three years, but Stack said they are already focusing on improving its core values and beliefs. It’s an area he knows NEASC will pinpoint.

Preparing for renewal of accreditation comes at a cost — $20,000 to $25,000.

“That’s a pretty big price tag,” Stack said.

But it’s worth the investment, superintendents said.

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