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Head's February Message

February 14, 2018

Two years ago, we invited parents to attend our biennial Parent Forum to share their thoughts about the state of the school with the Board and me. I asked parents to imagine everything they could envision in a new facility for science, technology and research. Within six months from now, the STAR building will open, and our children and faculty will bring it to life next school year. 

But our work is never done. When construction started on the building, the Board of Trustees began work on a strategic plan, and we have devoted much of this year to articulating the next big initiatives for Burroughs. I want to be clear, the strategic plan is NOT another building plan. In the past five years, we've built or rebuilt about half the campus, and we are in the fortunate position of being able to take a big aspirational look at our program ... to think about the best ways to move forward.

In the fall of 2023, we will celebrate the Burroughs centennial. Today, we use that date as a guidepost to ask what is our definition of greatness? We are in a remarkable position right now. With a nearly completed major building project, strong enrollment, and an enviable position in the St. Louis market, we could easily pat ourselves on the back and decide that the race is won. Instead, I believe these factors put us in a position to truly imagine greatness. What is the best of Burroughs? What do we want to look like? What do we want to do that we cannot do now?

I invite all parents to join us for the 2018 Parent Forum from 7 to 9 pm, Wednesday, February 28, in Haertter Hall. That evening, I will unveil the work that we have done this year, and parents will have the opportunity to share their thoughts about the ways that we can take our great school to an even higher level.

—Andy Abbott