Lere met with his staff Wednesday morning and informed them that he has decided to retire at the end of the school year.
Lere told Deming Radio News that he feels he is not really retiring from something, but to something else. He said his 30 years in education and 12 as superintendent has been good but the time spent in the Deming district was the best of his career.
Lere who will be 65 this summer, said he plans on staying in New Mexico. He said his plans are to teach next fall at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
He has been invited to be a board member of the Dona Ana Arts Council, and will be a board member on the New Mexico Wine and Vine Society.
Dr. Lere enjoys growing grapes and has an interest in the wine business, and the arts community.
Lere said he hopes to finish a half-finished book he is writing, as well as do some traveling with his wife.
Before moving to Deming in April of 2014, Lere worked as a faculty member at Colorado State University–Pueblo.