Board of Education
Forest Hills School District is governed by a five-member Board of Education that provides governance to the district on policy and financial matters.
The Board’s duties include:
- Engaging community members in decision-making about the district and schools
- Hiring and evaluating the district superintendent and treasurer
- Recommending financing/funding options to the community to provide for district needs outlined in along-range plan
- Adopting an annual budget and demonstrating fiscal accountability
- Adopting policies for the governance of the district and its schools
- Considering and voting upon the recommendations of the superintendent in all matters of policy, appointment or dismissal of employees, salary schedules or other personnel regulations, courses of study, selection of textbooks, or other issues pertaining to the operation of schools and student achievement
The Board may only exercise its governing authority when convened together in a public meeting; Board members are not able to take action on district or Board matters individually. Each Board member is elected by district residents to four-year terms during years ending with odd numbers. Two Board members are elected in one election and three are elected in the next, creating staggered terms. Board members may serve unlimited consecutive or non-consecutive terms.
Each January, the Board elects officers and sets meeting dates for the year. In 2016, the Board unanimously re-elected Randy Smith as president and elected Forest Heis, M.D., as vice president. Additional Board appointments included designating Smith as the legislative liaison, chair of the technology committee and member of the communications and policy committee; Hemmelgarn as the student achievement liaison, member of the finance committee and chair of the athletics, curriculum and student services committee; Heis as the tax incentive review council representative, chair of the finance committee and member of the technology committee; Jim Frooman as the chair of the human resources committee and member of the athletics, curriculum and student services committee, Julie Bissinger as the safety committee representative, member of the human resources committee and chair of the communications and policy committee. All Board members will share the duties of working with the Substance Awareness Greater Anderson Coalition. Board officers serve a one year term and may be re-elected. Board committees do not have the ability to take action that requires Board approval and their meetings are open to the public to attend.
To contact the Board of Education, call (513) 231-3600.
Board of Education
7550 Forest Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45255