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Boynton Middle School Receives an Achievement of Excellence Award

The Granite State Quality Council (GSQC) is honored to recognize Boynton Middle School (BMS) in New Ipswich, NH for its Achievement of Excellence. The Achievement of Excellence is the GSQC’s highest level of recognition in the Baldrige-based Granite State Quality Award and Recognition Program. It recognizes organizations that demonstrate quality and performance excellence in Leadership, Strategic Planning, Customer Focus, Measurement, Workforce Focus, Operations Focus, and Results; the seven categories of the Baldrige Criteria.

In part, BMS earned this recognition for its well-deployed, student-focused culture; its approach to engaging school stakeholders – especially parents and the community; and its cross-functional team structure and use of data to support the development of each of its 21st century students. All of these strengths have supported the continuous improvement of BMS’ key student learning outcomes while enabling efficient and effective use of its resources.

The Achievement of Excellence process involves the evaluation of a 50 page application followed by an intense on-site review conducted by a team of volunteer examiners trained in the Baldrige Criteria; recognized around the world as the standard for organizational performance excellence. Examiners not only determined a scoring range to verify the recognition level, but provided BMS a confidential feedback report on strengths and opportunities for improvement to support continued improvements based on the Education version of the Criteria.

Lead by Principal Tom Starratt and supported by the Mascenic School District (SAU 87), Mascenic School Board, former superintendent Dr. Leo Corriveau, and interim superintendent Dr. Betsey Cox-Buteau, Boynton Middle School has been using the Baldrige Education Criteria for the past three years. In 2011 BMS also received GSQC’s first level Profile Recognition. Principal Starratt and the school were also recognized and shared information about their use of the Baldrige Criteria and their best practices on August 20th at 4:00 p.m. at Northeast Delta Dental in Concord.

The Granite State Quality Council is a nonprofit organization with the mission to “inspire and assist New Hampshire organizations in the achievement of Performance Excellence.” The GSQC supports the sharing of best practices, offers training and coaching, and administers the state's Baldrige-based Awards and Recognition Program. For more information visit or contact the executive director (603) 321-1046 or

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