The longtime Burke educator announces his retirement

From personnel reports

A longtime Burke County educator, principal and administrator announced his retirement, according to New Dimensions: A Public Charter School (NDS) sources.

After nearly 40 years in education, most of it in Burke County, NDS principal David Burleson announced his retirement in a letter of resignation presented to the school Wednesday. Burleson’s resignation will take effect December 31.

Over the years, Burleson served as a math teacher and then principal at Freedom High School before becoming assistant principal of Burke County Public Schools in 1996 and then principal from 2000 to 2009. After positions in Forsyth and Avery counties and more than two years as principal of Burke United Christian Ministries, Burleson returned to the Burke County education scene in 2019 in his current position as principal of NDS.

In his resignation letter, Burleson said he was proud of what the school has been able to achieve over the past three and a half years under his leadership.

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Our school has grown in numbers and the students have progressed academically,” Burleson’s letter said. “We have also assembled a wonderful team dedicated to the students’ success and growth. Our school has earned a strong reputation in our community and sets the standard for academic excellence.”

In the letter, Burleson cited his desire to have more time to focus on family as the primary motivator behind his decision to retire.

“I truly believe that God is opening doors that he expects us to walk through,” the letter reads. to be a husband, father and grandfather.”

Burleson concluded his letter expressing his confidence in the NDS faculty and staff to continue to excel, and in the board to “find the very best principal to take our school to the next level.”

In a statement to the messenger, Regina Rhodes, Chair of the Board, said the school has thrived under Burleson’s leadership.

“He has always stood up for the students and provided the best educational experiences,” said Rhodes. “The commitment he has shown to the students, staff and board of directors was evident in his actions and is seen in our community.”

Rhodes said that while she and the rest of the board are saddened by his departure, they are grateful for everything he has done for the school.

“His legacy as a warrior will live on through the plans he was instrumental in initiating and the lives he touched,” she said.


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