Belding superintendent’s contract extended

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 11:33 am on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Leslie Mount

BELDING — Belding Area Schools Superintendent Leslie Mount received full support from the Board of Education when her contract negotiation was brought to a vote at Monday night’s meeting.

Earning a positive evaluation from the board, Mount’s contract extension of one additional year was approved in a unanimous vote.

Though her extension is for an additional year (through 2015) her wages and benefits will remain frozen due to the current economic climate surrounding the Belding school district.

“We have complete confidence in Mrs. Mount,” said Board of Education President Tom Humphreys. “She possesses many great qualities that it takes to run a successful school district during this very challenging time. She is active in what is going on both inside our classrooms and outside of our building walls. Her hard work and creativity means our students have a bright future.”

Humphreys said Mount’s ability to balance additional responsibilities, including management of the $38.8 million bond project that will be fully complete in 2013, made the decision an easy one.

“Her work ethic is tremendous,” added Humphreys. “We are grateful for her ability to provide an educational experience that rivals many other districts in our area. She displays a commitment to the future of the community at large.”

Mount said she was honored to be held in such high esteem by the board members.

“I’m very flattered and fortunate,” Mount said. “This board is a tremendous group to work with. They are very supportive and I truly think they have the best interest of our kids and our financial status in mind.”

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