Mike Burde steps down as Belding Director of Instruction and Technology

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 11:41 am on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mike Burde

BELDING — After nearly eight years with Belding Area Schools, Mike Burde, the director of instruction and technology, is leaving for a new position with another district.

Burde will be the new director of curriculum at Kenowa Hills Public Schools starting March 1.

“This decision was not about Belding,” Burde said. “I will miss working with the great people of this district and community. BAS has an amazing staff and supportive community. It was simply an opportunity my family and I could not pass up.”

Prior to his director position at Belding, Burde was principal at Woodview Elementary School for three years. Before that he was assistant principal at Belding High School for three years. He taught at the middle school level before his time with Belding.

Burde said his nearly eight years in Belding “has been a time that I have thoroughly enjoyed.”

“The work we have accomplished together will benefit students for years to come,” he said. “I feel fortunate in the sense that I was able to build relationships that will last far beyond my time in Belding.”

Superintendent Leslie Mount said Burde will be greatly missed in Belding.

“In the sense that we’re very sad to see him go, he’s been a fabulous employee,” she said. “We couldn’t have asked for anyone better.”

In Burde’s absence, Mount has hired Sara Shriver of Lakeview Community Schools.

Shriver has served as director of instruction at Lakeview for 12 years and is also  executive secretary of the Michigan Association of State and Federal Programs and works closely with the Michigan Department of Education as a consultant on Title I and school improvement issues.

According to Mount, Shriver has consulted with Belding in the past on school improvement issues and her transition into the district will be “like clockwork.”

“We’re very fortunate to get someone who comes very qualified and very experienced with years of experience in a similar position,” Mount said. “We needed someone with a background in elementary education and reading, and she provides plenty of expertise in those areas.”

The school board approved hiring Shriver last week. Her anticipated start date is March 19.

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