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Caz High School continues move toward accreditation

This past November, all students and staff at  Cazenovia High School completed surveys evaluating the current state of the school. The results are being used to determine what steps need to be taken in order to be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

This past November, all students and staff at Cazenovia High School completed surveys evaluating the current state of the school. The results are being used to determine what steps need to be taken in order to be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— Just four months after administrators and faculty of Cazenovia High School began seeking accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, they have moved into the fourth stage of a five-phase plan to craft a new mission statement, establish a seven-year outlook and enhance relationships within the school and community.

After having students, parents and staff complete surveys evaluating the current state of the high school, the internal coordinating team, comprised of vice principal Susan Vickers, physics teacher Eric Jerabek and special education instructor Robin Costello, reviewed more than 3,000 comments.

“We want to shore up the tiny pockets of concern, so that everybody can develop into the best possible version of themselves. Both students and teachers and administrators,” Jerabek said. “We’re hoping that idea will become the foundation of our mission statement. We want to do good, and do it well.”

“We received lots of comments and feedback, and while there is work to be done, it was apparent we are successfully meeting all standards,” Vickers said. “What we want to do now, is move from good to great.”

Questions on the electronic survey dealt with how effectively the school currently met the 12 standards MSA requires of all accredited schools. The assessments revealed that many were happy with the current direction and curriculum, although some survey-takers felt that areas like communication needed improvements.

“Our school has a wide variety of classes not available at other schools in this area. I feel our school is excellent at preparing our upper-class students for college, facilitating the entire process,” one student wrote in the comment section of their survey.

Many parents who completed the assessment seemed to have the same sentiments. “Cazenovia Central School District is doing a fine job for my children. Areas that are weak seem to be being addressed consistently aiming for continued improvement. I am thankful my two kids can attend Cazenovia Central School District. Teachers are a school’s life blood. Teachers need strong and experienced administrators to help them be their best. Upper Administration needs to continue to build up the morale of the faculty and recognize outstanding performances in the schools’ classrooms individually recognizing specific teachers and not lumping them all together as a group,” one parent wrote.

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