Public school board chair won’t run

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - J.W. Sch­narr LETHBRIDGE HERALD Fol­low @JWSchnarr-Herald on Twit­ter

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.

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