UPDATED: Lander Schools Superintendent Mike Bowman to retire this summer

Updated Thursday afternoon.

(Lander, Wyo.) – Fremont County School District 1 Superintendent of Schools Michael Bowman has tendered his resignation, effective July 31, 2014.

FCSD1 Board Chairman Brett Berg said Bowman presented his letter of resignation to the board at Tuesday evening’s regular school board meeting. The board accepted his resignation with regret.

In a brief statement on behalf of the board, Berg said that Bowman had been with the district since July 1, 2011, and affected “many positive changes” for Lander’s schools. Among the accomplishments Berg noted were the completion of the reconfiguration, the construction of two new buildings and improved safety and security of the schools. “Dr. Bowman has always had the best interest of the students in mind,” he said.

Berg and the board commended Bowman’s high ethical standards and wish him “success and happiness in his retirement.”

In a emailed statement to County10, Bowman said: “After 39 years as an educator, 34 of them as an administrator, it’s time for me to retire.  I look forward to spending time with my wife and being able to go see my daughters, grandson, and son-in-law and having some time for myself.  Fremont County School District #1 has some amazing employees who meet the needs of our students daily.  This district has wonderful students, and it has been fun watching them learn, grow, and enjoy their school experiences.  While I’ll miss my daily interactions with the people of our school district, it’s time for me to enter the next phase of my life.”

Berg noted that the search process to replace Bowman has begun.