Belding schools superintendent to step down

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:03 am on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Leslie Mount

BELDING — After nearly two years of serving as Belding Area Schools’ superintendent, Leslie Mount has requested of the board of education that she be moved to a vacant administrative position within the school district.

Mount has served as the superintendent for Belding Area Schools since July 1, 2010.  She will remain the superintendent until July 31.

“We are happy to help Mrs. Mount transition to a new role within our district,” said Board of Education President Tom Humphreys in a press release. “She has given her all to Belding Area Schools over the past two years. She believes in our school; she believes in our community. She will continue to do great things for us.”

Mount has asked to be moved to a new position so she can have more time with her family.

“The superintendency, here and anywhere else, takes an enormous of amount of time and dedication,” said Mount in a press release.  “I believe in giving everything I have to the job at hand and I will not accept less than that from myself. By doing so, I have taken large amounts of time away from the people I love most.  Together with my family, we have made the decision to change my current position so I can be more available for them.”

Mount has asked to be moved to the assistant principal position at the high school that will be vacant. The board of education will communicate plans to replace Mount.

The Greenville High School graduate was hired as a history and government teacher at Belding High School immediately out of college after graduating from Grand Valley State University in 1996.

Mount then earned her master’s degree in building administration in 1999 and continued to teach at the high school until 2003 when she was hired as assistant superintendent for the district.

After the retirement of former superintendent Chuck Barker in the spring of 2010, Mount was voted by board members to replace him.

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