Public school board chair won’t run
Longtime Lethbridge School District No. 51 trustee and current board chair Mich Forster will not be running for re-election in the upcoming municipal school board elections.
Forster retires after 13 years as a trustee, citing a need to give others the great opportunity to serve Lethbridge students and the community.
Forster taught in the public system for 35 years at Winston Churchill and LCI. He also served as principal of both schools.
He retired as principal of LCI in 2000 and was elected to the Public School Board of Trustees in 2001. His only break came during the 2004-2007 term, when he left Lethbridge for a few months in 2004 to teach in Japan.
Forster enjoyed another 10 years as trustee following his re-election in 2007.
He became chair in 2012 and has served in that capacity ever since.
Forster is proud of his ties to the district as student, teacher, administrator and trustee for 60 years.
He was a student and graduate of the Lethbridge Public School District in his early years.
“Lethbridge School District has been a huge part of my life for a long, long time and it is going to be interesting to see what life after those years will be like,” he stated in an LSD51 news release. “I have enjoyed the many relationships with staff over the years, but the absolute best part has been the kids. I can’t go anywhere without running into a former student, and now, sometimes the children of former students whom I also taught. It’s been a great ride.”
In stepping down, Forster is asking the electorate to consider carefully those candidates who put their names on the ballot for the October election.
He endorses each of those current trustees who choose to run in the election.
“Electing the right trustees is critical to supporting the staff and leadership team of the district and continuing to provide the best learning opportunities for our students,” he stated.