This article by Greg Sukiennik originally appeared Aug. 30 in the Bennington Banner.
MANCHESTER — In 189 years of educating high school students, Burr and Burton Academy has never had as many students enrolled as it does right now.
The independent school set an opening day record on Aug. 23, with an overall enrollment of 756 students. Its incoming class of 183 freshmen is also an all-time high, according to the school.
Those freshmen marched into the E.H. Henry gymnasium and took their seats in the bleachers to a standing ovation from their classmates, as BBA officially opened its 2018-19 school year.
Each class was addressed as a group by student speakers and by headmaster Mark Tashjian on the school year ahead. And they all heard about the school theme for the year — “kaizen,” a Japanese cultural and business term meaning “change for good” — and how small, personal changes and improvements by students, faculty and staff can collectively make BBA better.
One significant small change at BBA should prove familiar: Associate head of school Meg Kenny, who served as acting head when Tashjian was on sabbatical last fall, will play a similar role going forward.
“I’m responsible for day-to-day operations of the school, academic leadership and overall culture and climate,” Kenny told the Journal. “I guess you could say I’m all about supporting our students, teachers and staff so they can bring our mission and core values to life.”
The growth of enrollment has led to the hiring of six new faculty and staff, and renewed focus on how the school brings new members into the community, Tashjian and Kenny said.
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