The board asked him to stay because of changes in the district. Denman says retirement can wait, because to him, students are what's most important.
"Many times, as I got out in the community and might go and get lunch in a fast food place at noon, I'll see a student I had 30-years ago. They'll say, 'you know you were right to keep me after school. I hope you know that lesson meant a lot to me,'" Denman says.
Denman who grew up in the district and was a teacher now plans to retire in the summer of 2015.