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Ted Bauman approved as Interim Superintendent for Lewis-Palmer School District

July 30, 2010

At the July 29, 2010 special meeting, the LPSD Board of Education approved Ted Bauman as the Interim Superintendent for the 2010-11 school year.

The meeting was short, as this was the only item of business.

Here is a copy and link to The Gazette news article (click on link to view comments) posted last night. (Article was copied just as it appears – typo’s are product of The Gazette.)

D-38 board OKs contact with interim superintendent

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July 29, 2010 7:16 PM

The Lewis-Palmer School District 38 board on Thursday approved an 11-month contract for interim superintendent Dwight “Ted” Bauman.

The contract, approved on a 3-0 vote at a special meeting, says Bauman will receive a $125,000 salary, which was his annual salary when he retired in 2003 after serving five years as superintendent. Board members Jeffery Ferguson and Robb Pike were absent, but had indicated they supported the contract, officials said.

Under the contract, Bauman will serve from Monday through June 30, 2011.

He said he also will receive health benefits and be reimbursed for mileage. “I can also be terminated at any time if they don’t like me,” he said.

Bauman  came to the district in 1988 as founding principal of Ray E. Kilmer Elementary School.He is an adjunct professor at the Regis University  campus in Colorado Springs, where he works with master’s degree candidates.

The D-38 board sought an interim superintendent after the resignation in June of  Superintendent Raymond Blanch. Most school administrative jobs are posted in January and chosen by the time school lets out for summer break so the board didn’t have time to find a long-term replacement.

Blanch, who had been superintendent since 2007, received a  salary of $165,000, plus various benefits. Blanch said he was leaving for professional and personal reasons.

Some community members believed he was ousted and threaten a recall of the board.

However, organizers decided not to move forward because they didn’t want to burden the financially strapped district with recall costs and legal fees.

Bauman said he is not interested in being a long-term superintendent again. “This is a one-year deal. This district has been so good to me and my family, and this is an opportunity to help out.”

He said he will assist the board in the search for a new CEO which will begin soon.
Bauman sees the district challenge as “doing the job for our kids and giving them new opportunities while addressing the financial struggles.”

Lewis-Palmer, like many other districts is facing severe cuts in state funding. The district had to slash $3 million from its $39 million budget for  2010-2011. There are around 5,500 students, with an expected enrollment drop of about 140 this year and more later.

Bauman notes that Lewis-Palmer has consistently done well in state assessment tests. “The community is used to wonderful schools and we want to make sure it doesn’t change,” he said.

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