Superintendent's Message

It is a tremendous honor to serve as the Superintendent for the Burlingame School District. This year marks the start of my second year in this position, and I have great pride and confidence in all who serve this community. Last year, we faced the challenges of the Covid 19 Virus with grace and competence, and we will do the same this year, no matter the obstacles. Bearcat Nation is a STRONG Nation!


At the start of this new school year, I am prepared to put my thirty-two 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. I look forward to working with all patrons of the Burlingame School District this year 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!

Dr. Marcy Cassidy

Superintendent of Schools, Burlingame, USD 454