Central's fate now lies with accreditation commission
“Throwing money at things doesn’t always do it, but let’s try it one time and see if it works,” said Rist, who led Central for 10 years before retiring in 2011. He was called back in January following the abrupt resignation of Ronald Mailhot.
It now goes to a NEASC commission, which will decide whether to accredit the school or not.
Overall, Rist said, he is pleased with the report. It contains 48 commendations for efforts such as a weekly advisory program, work on the part of individual teachers to improve their curriculum, and a $2.8 million district-wide technology upgrade.
• The library closes two modules of the day so the single librarian can take a lunch.
• Graduation requirements have been reduced.
• A “severe lack of computers and other technology.”
• Some classrooms with tight quarters, poor acoustics and temperature fluctuations.
• Little money gets spent on professional development and curriculum review.
Rist said some of the criticisms in the report have been addressed.
For example, Central now has a faculty leader for its English language learner program. And the school has WiFi, which it did not have when the accreditation committee visited last October.
The school achieved accreditation in 2003, but was put on probation status in the early 1990s.
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