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LPSD #38 Names new Superintendent – John Borman

February 18, 2011

Well, it’s official – below is the district news release, other news articles and links regarding the announcement of the new superintendent. Many in the community are not surprised by the decision, as the rumor mill has been circulating this outcome since as early as last summer. A predetermined decision or just predictability by the current leadership??

Board members cited several reasons for their unanimous decision, most prominent being: consideration for community input, a natural conclusion in following the search process, keeping with the tradition of the LP culture, and Mr. Borman being the best fit for that culture and our future.

Only one member of the public spoke during the citizen comment time before the decision was announced. Mrs. Deb Goth thanked the Board for their openness and public involvement in the superintendent selection process and invited the community to support the Board and the new superintendent.

New Lewis-Palmer Superintendent Named

Contact: Robin Adair, Community Relations Manager radair@lewispalmer.org

MONUMENT, CO – The Lewis-Palmer School District Board of Education has announced the name of its final choice for the next Superintendent of Schools in D-38.

John Borman, currently Principal of Lewis-Palmer High School in District 38, was chosen from among 23 candidates nationwide.

Three top runners for the position were interviewed by several committees of staff, community residents, and parents last weekend. Those groups shared their impressions with the Board of Education members, who also interviewed the candidates and made the final decision to select Borman.

BORMAN was named principal of Lewis-Palmer High School in 2007. Prior to that he was principal of Northridge High School in
Greeley, and held other administrative positions in the Greeley and Aurora school districts. He started in education in 1987 as a high school English teacher. In his application to the Board of Education, Borman said, “As the superintendent, establishing effective communication with staff, parents, and community must occur for any of the other difficult work to have a chance to be accomplished.” He added, “…there has to be a sense of transparency, honesty and an ability to build strong relationships.”

School Board President John Mann said, “Our school district is top notch, arguably the best in the State… we need to find a leader for our next generation to keep us not just the best district in Colorado, but in the country.” Board Vice President Robb Pike commented, “I want a superintendent who will be here for a long time, and who will value our community in taking us through the next few years.” Fellow board member Jeff Ferguson added, I appreciated getting input from all of the interviewing teams, and thank everyone who participated. I believe we have found a person with:
– undying passion for quality and excellence;
– understanding of what it means to be Lewis-Palmer School District, it’s very special; and
– value for the people who deliver educational services to our kids, who knows how important they are and sees that they are nurtured and supported. At the end of the day the gentleman who fits that description is John Borman.”

The new superintendent is being hired to start with the 2011-12 school year this summer. Ted Bauman will remain as interim superintendent for the rest of the current school year.

Click on the link to this article below to see reader comments or to contact the reporter.

Principal named to top spot for Lewis-Palmer schools
February 17, 2011 7:01 PM


The Lewis-Palmer School District 38 board on Thursday named John Borman as sole finalist for superintendent.

Borman, 54, principal of Lewis-Palmer High School, will start work July 1.

The vote was unanimous and board members said while all three final candidates could have done an excellent job, they praised Borman for having his finger on the pulse of the community’s education values.

“He is someone who will walk the talk,” said board member Gail Wilson.

Board member Robb Pike said Borman was a superintendent for the long run. “He’s the type of leader who will be doing his best the last 100 days as well as the first 100 days.”

Borman was not at the meeting, but said in a phone interview that he was “excited and humbled” and wants to build public trust through strong relationships and transparency. He said the first challenge would be the budget, given the state’s severe cuts to school districts.

Borman was acting D-38 superintendent for a few weeks before an interim superintendent was chosen. He has been principal of Lewis-Palmer High School since 2007, serving during a difficult time when half the students and two-thirds of the teachers were transferred to a new school.

He was a principal at Northridge High School in Greeley for five years, assistant principal at Greeley Central High School for three years, and has been an English teacher and athletic director.

The job was advertised with a $145,000 salary. Details of the contract, including salary and benefits, are being finalized.

Ted Bauman, a former D-38 superintendent who retired in 2003 has been acting superintendent. He did not apply for the permanent job. He took the place of Raymond Blanch, who resigned in June for professional and personal reasons.

Bauman agreed to come back for this school year at his old salary of $125,000. Blanch, who had been superintendent since 2007, was paid $165,000, plus benefits.

The Monument-area district has 5,500 students and a budget of about $35 million. It expects to have to cut at least $3.5 million from next year’s budget because of reduced state funding.

The district is one of the highest performing in the region. For the second year, D-38 schools received the highest accreditation awarded by the State of Colorado: Accredited with Distinction.

The status, awarded to the top 10 percent of districts in the state, is based on student growth, achievement, workplace readiness and post secondary preparation.

Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/palmer-113074-principal-lewis.html#ixzz1EK7SMBuW

Link to KKTV.com article

  1. anonymous
    March 4, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Yet again disappointed in the school board! Agree 100% with Steve Boyd about the decision being made well in advance of spending (and yet again wasting taxpayers dollars) $15K and wasting (yet again) volunteers time. Think it is time for the board to realize that LP is no longer “special” but just another school district that is sliding down a slippery slope of over spending, valuing administators over teachers, and forgetting that the student should always come first.

  2. Twice Burned Tax Payer
    February 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Each board member made a comment supporting their unanimous vote of Borman as the one because of his understanding of the culture of this “special” place called LP 38. This, rather than experience, proven track record, or expertise is the quality BOE members value most for getting us out of the desperate situation they and the previous superintendent got us into.
    This is code for choosing an inexperienced insider (and without question a very nice man) who won’t question the status quo. Sad, sad, and predictably sad. Didn’t they value the same quality most when they hired Blanch and look at what his inexperience brought us?

  3. Gail Wilson
    February 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Is the comment by the editor in support or a slam to the choice of Borman?

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