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“D-38 board names former leader as finalist for interim job” – The Gazette news article

July 15, 2010

D-38 board names former leader as finalist for interim job

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July 15, 2010 8:26 PM

Ted Bauman, a former Lewis-Palmer School District 38  superintendent, has been chosen as the sole finalist for the top job on an interim basis for the 2010-2011 school year.

All five members of the school board voted in favor of Bauman at a special meeting Thursday.

The board will make its final decision July 29 after receiving community input.

Bauman served as superintendent from 1998 to 2003, and before that was assistant superintendent for eight years. He came to the district in 1988 as founding principal of Ray E. Kilmer Elementary School. At present he works at Regis University as supervisor for student teachers.

Bauman was not at the meeting.

There were numerous applications, and four final candidates were interviewed this week. “All the candidates could have done a good job. Ted has intimate knowdge of the issues of the district,” School Board President John Mann said.

He added that the board soon will begin a formal search for a long-term replacement. The interim post was necessary because school starts in a few weeks, and there was not time to find a replacement for Raymond Blanchwho suddenly resigned last month. The process, which will take several months, will include input from parents, staff and community.

Most school administrative jobs are posted by January and chosen by the time school lets out for summer break.

John Borman, principal at Lewis-Palmer High School, has been serving as acting superintendent since Blanch’s departure.

Blanch, who had been with the district nine years and superintendent since 2007, said he was leaving for professional and personal reasons. His salary was $165,000 plus benefits. Some community members believe he was ousted from the post and threatened a recall of some board members. However, the organizers decided not to move forward because of the cost of an election and legal fees.

Lewis-Palmer, like many other districts, is facing economic problems because of severe cuts in state education funding. The district, which has around 5,500 students, expects an enrollment drop of 140 this coming year and more later.

Although a new high school opened recently, the problem is a lack of elementary students because in the district’s affluent areas parents tend to be older and have older children.

The district has had to realign some schools, including closing an elementary school. It eliminated 50 teaching positions, and slashed $3 million from its $39 million budget for 2010-2011.

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