Forest Hills advisory committee seeks members
June 1, 2016
The Forest Hills School District Business Advisory Committee, a volunteer committee established in 2010 by Randy Smith, current Board of Education president, and led by Rick Toepfer, FHSD treasurer, is seeking additional members. Any resident of the district is welcome to apply.
The BAC’s purpose is to support Forest Hills students, parents, staff and taxpayers by discussing challenges, decisions and opportunities facing the district.
“Our community has a wealth of knowledge and we want to tap in to our local resources to ensure we are as effective as possible and explore all angles of important issues,” said Smith. “The wide range of thoughts and opinions from this group is very helpful as the district works to meet the needs of a diverse study body, employee base and community.”
Dan Earley, committee member who is also a retired commercial banker and a 50-year resident of Anderson Township, agreed.
“Leadership is about listening and considering many different views and Forest Hills School District is to be commended for establishing its Business Advisory Committee years ago,” said Earley. “The guidance that each member provides affords a balanced prospective that has proven invaluable to the community, our students and taxpayers.”
Current members represent civic organizations, universities, engineers, business owners, parents, accountants, business administrators and retirees.
“We want the committee to be representative of our community,” explained Toepfer. “We welcome everyone to apply — senior citizens, Forest Hills School District parents, private and parochial school parents, empty nesters, business professionals, small business owners and more.”
BAC meets at 7 p.m. at the Forest Hills Central Office on the second Thursday of January, March, May, September and November.
“Serving on the committee has helped me appreciate the tough choices that need to be made in order to maintain a high quality educational experience for our children,” said Annemarie Henkel, committee member. “It has allowed me to become more aware of how seriously the district takes its role as good stewards of the community’s tax dollars.”
Ken Kuhn, committee member, agreed.
“I joined the Business Advisory Committee as a way to give back to the community. In my first meeting, I was truly surprised by how willing FHSD was to listening to the group,” said Kuhn. “The mixture of members and their experiences offers the district a variety of views and opinions. I believe the Board of Education truly appreciates the open and honest feedback that is provided.”