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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.

— Comments that were submitted by parents and students regarding areas of improvement ranged from reestablishing after-school hours at the high school library, to increasing communication between the district’s three schools and community members.

In hopes of conserving funds, the high school library was closed immediately after school at the beginning of the 2011-12 school year. After seeing what an impact the decision had on students, administrators reopened the library for an additional hour in the afternoon on even days.

After the district-wide newsletter, The Blue and Gold, made the transition to electronic form earlier this year, some residents felt vital communication had been cut. While the publication is readily available on the district website, parents and community members are still able to request a copy be printed and mailed to them. The decision to move to an electronic version was the result of overwhelming requests noted in the district survey that took place about five years ago.

“We want to let the community know that we are thankful for their feedback, and appreciate their candor and honesty. All of their comments have been heard and acted upon, and we will continue to do so,” said Cazenovia High School Principal Eric Schnabl. “It is very important to us to further develop the relationship between the school, students, parents and community members. We want the people that provided the input to know that we value their opinions and act on them.”

Beneath the team of internal coordinators is a panel of 23 educators, a Board of Education member, parents and students known as the Planning Team.

Together, the group has compiled a list of student beliefs in an effort to create an “ideal student profile” and a working mission statement. Once the school’s objectives are established, the team will move into the fifth phase of the accreditation process and establish a plan for the 12 action teams to pursue over the next year.

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