Lewis-Palmer superintendent to retire Dec. 31

Lisa Walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - Published: November 15, 2013 | 7:10 pm 0

John Borman, the superintendent of Lewis-Palmer School District 38, will leave the job Dec. 31 to become an executive at an organization that will build athletic facilities throughout Colorado.

"I've been doing this a long time and I love it," Borman said Friday, after announcing his retirement Thursday at a special meeting to swear in the newly elected officers. "I'm going to miss working from the inside, but I certainly will still be able to work from the outside with this new venture."

Borman has been with the district for more than six years. He was previously the principal at Lewis-Palmer High School before becoming superintendent in 2011.

In January, after 32 years of working in education, Borman will start his position as vice president of operations for Championship Basketball Academies, which was established in the summer. The organization plans to build athletic facilities that will reach out to underprivileged kids and offer basketball clinics, coaching clinics and sports leagues.

Borman said a facility with at least six basketball courts is set to break ground at the beginning of next year in Colorado Springs, near Interstate-25 and Interquest Parkway

"When something like this is possible toward the end of my career, it's exciting - although that's not to say that it translates to 'I can't wait to get out of here,'" he said.

Borman declined the job earlier in the year. He said the slated fall start date was too close to the beginning of the school year, and coincided with the district's campaign for a mill levy override. When the offer was extended for a January start, he took it, but kept the news quiet so it wouldn't be a distraction.

Former Lewis-Palmer district superintendent Ted Bauman has offered to step in as interim superintendent while a replacement is found, said district spokeswoman Robin Adair. Board members will decide in next week's meeting whether to accept his offer.

In the upcoming weeks, board members will decide how they will go about finding a permanent replacement.

Until then, Borman said in a press release that he would work with with board for a seamless leadership transition.

Jeffery Ferguson, outgoing D-38 school board president, praised Borman's tenure as D-38 superintendent.

"He came in at a difficult time and was an outstanding superintendent and a gentleman."

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Carol McGraw of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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