2012-03-01 / Front Page

Supt. Foster To Leave Forbes Road

Accepts Position At Huntingdon Area School District Resigns as district superintendent
By Jean Snyder

Forbes Road School District Superintendent Fred Foster has announced his resignation from the position effective at the end of April. According to Foster, he has accepted the superintendent’s position at Huntingdon Area School District and will begin work on April 30, 2012.

According to its Web site, the Huntingdon Area School District has about 1,000 elementary students (K-5), 600 middle school students (6-8), and 800 high school students (9-12).

Foster came to Forbes Road in 2007, replacing Jim Heroux, who retired as the high school principal. He served as principal for 2- 1/2 years before being named acting superintendent in July 2009 upon the resignation of Dr. Merrill Arnold. He was subsequently named to the superintendent’s position.

Prior to coming to Forbes Road, he served an administrator at Southern Huntingdon School District, serving in roles as high school principal (1 year), middle school principal (2 years), and assistant junior-senior high principal/ technology coordinator (3 years). He had moved back to Pennsylvania from Harford County, Md., where he taught and coached for 10 years.

When asked what his greatest accomplishment was during his years at Forbes, he said, “I can’t come up with one. I am most proud that our philosophy has been continual improvement in all areas. We reviewed, revised and re-evaluated processes and procedures. The team approach that it takes to accomplish the functions of running an educational system has been in place with many improvements. I guess with that, you could say the greatest accomplishment was getting everyone involved with continual improvement practices to ensure an effective and efficient system.”

He went on to say that the greatest frustrations were “certainly the budget impact, but when you put it in perspective, everyone is feeling it, so education has to do their part to become more fiscally responsible. This has been a time of urgency to review our operations, which fit into our philosophy anyhow. Charter school funding and the impact on local districts would also be another area of frustration. I would hope legislators could find a more equitable way to fund charter schools versus the current method.”

When asked what he would advise a new superintendent at Forbes, he said, “Forbes is a great place, come here prepared to not only lead, but also to contribute. We are small with few resources, we have the same amount of requirements from the state and federal government, but you do not have the resources you may have with a bigger district. So, you need to pick up some of the pieces that in a bigger district you would not normally be involved with. You will learn the operations of every category, and it is a great experience – enjoy!”

The school board will meet this week to discuss options for filling the position.

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