PARIS — The New England Association of Schools and Colleges has agreed to evaluate Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School for accreditation as a comprehensive high school.

Principal Ted Moccia and Oxford Hills Technical School Director Shawn Lambert told SAD 17 directors Monday night that the organization agreed to judge the school as a comprehensive school based on standards and goals that will be established for academic, and technical and career aspects.

Previously, both were judged separately by the association.

“It felt like they got us,” Moccia said of the agreement to see the school as one unit.

Oxford Hills is one of about 60 public Maine schools accredited through the association. Others include Poland Regional, Telstar Regional in Bethel, Lewiston and Edward Little in Auburn.

Accreditation signifies the school has met certain standards and is willing to maintain them and improve its educational program by implementing the recommendations of a visiting committee, according to the association’s webpage.


There are five main steps in the accreditation process: self-reflection; collaborative conference; school growth plan development and implementation; decennial accreditation visit; and growth plan revisions and progress reports.

One of the main components of the process is writing and implementing a school improvement/growth plan.

Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School was initially accredited in 1962.
In other news, the board:
• Approved Superintendent Rick Colpitt’s nomination of Jennifer Grover as elementary librarian for the remainder of the school year. Grover, a certified librarian, is the district library secretary; 

• Approved the superintendent’s nomination of Robert Hendry as custodian at Oxford Hills Middle School’s South Campus in Oxford for 20 hours per week. Hendry has been working as a long-term substitute custodian at the North Campus in Paris this school year.

• Approved a $2,500 donation — $750 from Ann Gavin, $500 from Marianne Tenore and the rest from BAE Systems — to help homeless and struggling students at the high school.

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