Superintendent's Message

Dr. Marcy Cassidy

Superintendent of Schools, Burlingame, USD 454

It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I join the faculty and staff as a Burlingame Bearcat as the newly appointed Superintendent of Schools. I look forward to meeting and greeting students, colleagues and patrons of the district very soon as we convene for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

I come to Burlingame prepared to put my thirty-one years as an educator to great use! During my career, I have served as a teacher, a Curriculum Director, an Assistant Principal and Principal. As an educator, I believe in providing our students with a well-balanced educational program that focuses on the whole child. Curricular opportunities should be rigorous, relevant and engaging in order to challenge our students to think and problem solve at high levels. Developing students’ social-emotional capacity is equally important to their success in life; hence, a focus on relationships, life skills, grit and perseverance is critical as well.

Burlingame is a quaint, historic town nestled in the northeast corner of Osage County, Kansas. It is known as the location where, “The old Santa Fe Rail Crosses the Santa Fe Trail.” Burlingame was originally established as Council City and was a stop on the Santa Fe Trail. The wide brick main street, Santa Fe Avenue, was built wide enough for an oxen team to be able to make a U-Turn.The city and post office names were changed from Council City to Burlingame on January 30, 1858, in honor of Anson Burlingame, a prominent attorney, legislator and diplomat , who helped found the township.

Currently, The Burlingame School District measures seventy-four square miles and we serve close to three hundred students. Burlingame is an amazing place to live, work and attend school due to the dedicated staff and parent community who value the importance of an exemplary education. Over the course of the 2020-2021 school year, I look forward to working with all patrons of the Burlingame School District to set goals for a five year Strategic Plan in order to create a roadmap for academic and social-emotional success.

We welcome you to Burlingame, Kansas and the Burlingame School District where we take pride in our history and prepare our students for a bright future!