During the last academic year, Kurn Hattin Homes was reviewed by a Review Team appointed by the Vermont Secretary of Education, Dan French. During this review, the KHH administration cooperated fully with the Agency of Education’s Independent Review Team as they conducted a comprehensive and thorough investigation into the Homes’ status as an ‘Approved’ Vermont independent school.
In a report released in May, the Review Team wrote, “with consistent implementation and ongoing oversight, [Kurn Hattin Homes] can provide a safe and healthy environment for its students. Based on the evidence considered during the review, [Kurn Hattin Homes] is playing an important role for students by providing an important blend of quality education and a responsive environment for children.”
This was an extremely thorough inquiry resulting in the supportive report from the Review Team acknowledging that Kurn Hattin Homes had taken appropriate steps to meet all of the state standards required for “Approved” status. Secretary French accepted the results of the Review Team’s inquiry. Kurn Hattin Homes continues as an “Approved” independent school in Vermont and welcomes any follow-up review by the AOE.
Mark Bodin, the president of Kurn Hattin Homes’ Board of Trustees stated, “We are pleased that, after thorough investigation, both the AOE Review Team and the Secretary recognized Kurn Hattin’s commitment to continuous improvement and confirmed our status as an approved independent school. Kurn Hattin serves children that our society’s institutions have failed, and we are committed to providing a positive experience for them.”
Kurn Hattin Homes want to emphasize the good work the staff is doing for children at the Homes today. We just received our third consecutive 4-star rating, the highest rating possible, from America’s largest independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator. We remain committed to serving children and families in need now as we move forward into a new academic year.
In the service of children,
Steve Harrison and Sue Kessler