Education Commissioner Apologizes to North Atlantic Regional High School (NARHS)

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In a rare, official government apology and retraction, the North Atlantic Regional High School in Lewiston, Maine, received an official letter from Maine’s Commissioner of Education. After false statements about this private school were given to the press, colleges, the military, and others, the school sought the assistance of Maine’s leaders. School administrator, Steve Moitozo, met with the State’s Assistant Attorney General, representatives from the Senate leadership, the State House Representative from the school’s district, the school’s attorney, and the Commissioner, Susan Gendron. When presented the facts of the case, the Commissioner took corrective action with her staff.

The Maine Department of Education has retracted the false information. Our reputation is cleared, our program is solid, and our families deserve to know we are a real, legitimate, private school, authorized by state law, and recognized by the Department of Education.

The North Atlantic Regional High School has received a written, formal apology from the Maine Department of Education Commissioner, Susan Gendron.

In part, the letter states, “The Maine Department of Education retracts the inappropriate statements made by Edwin Kastuck (and those associated with him) concerning the North Atlantic Regional High School ("NARHS”) suggesting that NARHS was not a lawfully operating school which could issue diplomas and that NARHS was a “diploma mill” selling diplomas to customers. These statements, which were not authorized by me, made to the press, to the military, and families were ill-chosen, beyond the authority of Mr. Kastuck or any employee of the Department of Education to make, and inaccurate...”

The recent letter comes as result of NARHS losing students after staff in the Department of Education gave false information to the press and to multiple inquiries. This has resulted in substantial financial losses to the school and damage to the schools 18-year pristine reputation.

The Commissioner’s letter goes on, “We apologize for the difficulty these statements have caused your school over the years...Inquiries relating to NARHS should be directed to my office for a response...”

Commissioner Gendron’s letter came on official state stationery and closes with, “Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention, for the information you delivered to me, and for your work assisting families.”

NARHS Administrator, Steve Moitozo, concludes that, “Rumors or recent news articles that contain information using derogatory terms about NARHS (North Atlantic Regional High School), should be considered suspect, inaccurate, and false. These reports originated from illegitimate sources inside of the state’s bureaucracy.” Moitozo goes on to state, “The Maine Department of Education has retracted the false information. Our reputation is cleared, our program is solid, and our families deserve to know we are a real, legitimate, private school, authorized by state law, and recognized by the Department of Education.”

For more information on the North Atlantic Regional High School, visit http://www.NARHS.org If you would like a complete copy of the Commissioner’s letter to NARHS, please request one from a visit to the web site. OR, call 800-882-2828.

If you would like to speak to the Commissioner’s office directly, you are invited to call the Maine Department of Education at 207-624-6600. Tell the operator you want information about NARHS. You will be directed to the Commissioner’s staff.

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