Also, he said, many of the issues raised in the report have already been addressed.
Laurie Graham, the School Committee’s chairwoman, said that while the process of going through the self-assessment was helpful, she was surprised by the errors in the report. “It’s a useful process, but the report itself has many fallacies.”
The town will continue to push for renovations at the high school, she said, and work to alert the community of the problems the district has identified with the report.
Despite the problems raised by the review, Kingston said, he does not believe the school’s accreditation is threatened. The district is awaiting the association’s determination of its accreditation status. The association does not simply discontinue a school’s accreditation — rather, if there are problems, it returns a list of corrective steps for the school to complete, according to Kingston.
“I have never been through an accreditation that doesn’t have some finding that requires serious address,” said Kingston. “That’s not just in Belmont.”
The district spent about $50,000 to have the accreditation conducted, said Kingston, and he said the final report makes him question whether it was worthwhile.
Asked whether Belmont would consider withdrawing its membership in the accrediting association, Kingston said, “I think it has to.
“I think with any kind of district where you have budget stress, you have to consider whether the investments you are making are worthwhile.”
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