BELDING — You don’t have to look far when searching for the new superintendent of Belding Area Schools.
After completing a positive preliminary review of Sara Shriver’s first six months served as the interim superintendent of Belding Area Schools during a special meeting last week, school board members voted unanimously Monday night to amend her position, removing the interim tag and promoting her to superintendent.
“It was a very welcome opportunity that I didn’t see coming,” Shriver said. “The staff has been so welcoming along with the students and families, it was easy to make a decision when the board asked me if I was interested.”
Shriver, who was voted by the school board in June to serve as the district’s interim superintendent after former superintendent Leslie Mount stepped down to serve as high school vice principal, said she didn’t see this coming in her near future, but was glad to accept the position.
“Everyone has made this very easy to transition into this role,” she said. “I couldn’t do this without the support of the school administrators, who have been gracious to help with some of my other jobs.”
School Board President Tom Humphreys said a positive review from board members, as well as input from school administrators, staff, students and community members, led to the board’s unanimous decision.
“The board has been extremely pleased with your performance,” Humphreys said to Shriver. “We’re very excited about you being able to continue in this position without the interim label.”
According to Humphreys, Shriver will continue to serve as the district’s director of instruction and technology, as she has done in her six months with the district as interim superintendent.
Humphreys said at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 school year, a formal evaluation will be conducted on Shriver’s performance and a decision will be made at that time on her future beyond the current school year.
Shriver’s current salary is $120,000. That amount is a combination of her base salary of $92,500 with a stipend of $27,500 for handling both the positions of superintendent and director of instruction and technology.