The Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education honored the district’s long-time legal counsel, Richard J. Banta, at its regular meeting on June 18. Banta is retiring after serving as the district’s legal counsel for 28 years, although his relationship with the district is much longer than that.
Banta is a 1958 graduate of Cherry Creek High School. He earned his law degree or Juris Doctor at the University of Denver College of Law in 1965 and began doing legal work for the district in 1972. His father, Richard L. Banta, served as the district’s legal counsel from the early 1960’s through 1984, when the younger Banta was appointed to succeed him.
Board of Education President Jennifer Churchfield and Superintendent Mary Chesley both thanked Banta for his dedicated service and leadership as he helped the district deal with nearly three decades of complex federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.
Banta said he is looking forward to spending a little more time traveling and golfing, but will miss working with the people in the Cherry Creek School District.
“The most rewarding thing about working with Cherry Creek Schools has been working with the great board members and superintendents the district has had over the years,” said Banta. “The district has been extremely fortunate to attract such talented leaders.”