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Belmont schools chief meets with accreditation officials about critical high school report

Posted by Evan Allen  January 9, 2013 12:34 PM

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Belmont interim superintendent Thomas Kingston says he met Monday with officials from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to discuss an accreditation report that was critical of the high school.

Kingston had slammed the report as being riddled with “caricatures, exaggerations and outright falsehoods.”

Kingston said that association officials are weighing whether to issue a revised report.

“We discussed the content of the report, and the issues that we had with it,” said Kingston. “They were taking our concerns back to the authors of the report.”

The commission's director, Janet Allison, did not respond to requests for comment. In an interview in December, she declined to comment on whether the association would issue a revised report until after she had sat down with Kingston.

The association is the oldest of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Membership is optional for educational institutions, but many colleges require prospective students to be graduates of accredited high schools.

The report was issued in November of last year, and found problems with the high school’s curriculum and safety. The report found that the building is not physically safe for occupants and does not support the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also criticized the school’s curriculum as failing to meet 21st-century learning expectations.

Kingston, who started his interim role in Belmont last year, has blasted the report as being late and full of mistakes.

In an interview Wednesday, he said he was not sure when the Association would return with a decision on what to do about the report.

“There’s no timetable here,” he said.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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