NBHS Accreditation Update

Last week, I linked to a couple of posts over at NB Blogs that were the only reporting I’d seen on the possibility that New Britain High School might lose its accreditation. Yesterday, Elisa at NB Blogs posted an update reporting that the accreditation for NBHS has been put on probation. Today, New Britain Board of Education President Peter Kochol posted the following comments on my original post, which I think are worthy of promotion to the front page:

Peter Kochol Says:
July 3rd, 2007 at 5:09 am

I’m not quite sure how this notion of a conspiracy to cover-up the NEASC report on NBHS got legs but as soon as the report was made public it was sent to the Mayor and the entire Common Council. The HS principal Michael Foran as is required by NEASC is preparing an action plan to address the reports findings that place the accreditation of the HS in danger. Granted we’ll be robbing Peter to pay Paul but, Superintendent Kurtz and the Board have already committed to providing resources to the HS to ensure that there is no loss of accreditation. It must be noted that there were many positive things about NBHS cited in the report.

Peter Kochol Says:
July 3rd, 2007 at 5:35 am

The issue of resources for public education in New Britain is not a new one and is the issue that looms behind the NEASC findings. The School district did not contest the findings because we are acutely aware of the areas where we fall short and yet year in and year out are forced to run the district with budget allocations from the city that don’t meet the increases in non-discretionary spending. This erodes services and forces the BOE into making budgeting decisions with a triage type of mind set. This year the HS gets the resources because they need it most.

The cause of this is partly due to the fact that democrats on the council are locked into a dynamic of trying to out tax cut the republican Mayor who, it must be remembered, a few year ago provided for a $500,000 increase to the BOE’s budget which at that time was around $95 million– a school district of 10,000 students and 1,300 staff in 14 schools. The other cause is that the State continues to fund education through the property tax which for cities like New Britain does not work since adequate revenues can not be generated to keep pace with rising costs. This year began with a great deal of optimism around this issue but as we all know ultimately crashed and burned in the “historic” budget negotiation.

It seems like everything was above board, just that nobody covering the Common Council thought this might be newsworthy. I think it is, and I thank Peter Kochol for illuminating the situation in the comments here.

1 Response to “NBHS Accreditation Update”

  1. patrick thibodeau


    What Peter Kochol didn’t mention is the decision to put NBHS on probation.