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School district's business manager stepping down

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

USD 234 business manager Tiffany Forester sits at her desk at the district office on Friday. Forester will be leaving her post Dec. 31 to take the job of board treasurer at USD 246, Arma.(Laurie Sisk/Tribune)
Tiffany Forester's eyes welled with tears as the USD 234 Board approved her resignation during a special board meeting on Friday.

Forester, the USD 234 business manager, has decided to leave her post at the district to take the job as board treasurer at Northeast USD 246, Arma.

"This is a hard one to do," said Board President Janet Braun as she read the agenda. "We are really happy for the time that Tiffany has given us and we are really sad to see her go, but she has to do what is best for her and her family."

After several thank-yous and well wishes, board member Belynda Davenport made the motion to accept Forester's resignation.

"I'll make the motion, I don't want to, but I will," Davenport said.

Forester, who accepted the position at USD 234 18 months ago, will stay on board until the end of the year.

"My hope is to help transition somebody if they (the board) can get through the process and get someone hired in time -- that is my intention," Forester said later Friday.

She said she will miss the people she has worked with the most.

"I will miss the district staff, the board office ladies and the maintenance guys. My previous job in Arma came open again, and for me, it's a better fit at this point and time in my life," Forester said. "It was not an easy decision to make, but I do feel it was the right decision to make."

Forester said a perfect fit to replace her should be willing to devote a lot of hours, have a good personality, be willing to listen and have a familiarity with school finance.

She added that knowing a little about the district's facilities would definitely be a plus.

"I appreciate the board hiring me and giving me the opportunity to work for USD 234," Forester said. "I got to meet a lot of people. It's been a good experience and I will miss the people, but again, I do think the right thing right now is to accept the position in Arma."

Forester began work for the district in January 2011, replacing Alan Drake, who worked in the position for 30 years.

She is a 1997 graduate of Fort Scott High School and graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Forester worked in accounts payable at the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center at Greenbush from January 2002-July 2008.

She then worked about three years as the treasurer for USD 246 in Arma, the position she is returning to in January.

In 2011, then-USD 234 Superintendent Rick Werling said Forester's experience was one of the main reasons she was chosen for the position. Of the 17 applicants for the Fort Scott spot, Forester was chosen as one of three finalists.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Jyandy Norris, Fort Scott High School assistant cheerleader sponsor; hired Leah Bowman as Norris' replacement; approved maternity leave for Anna Swank, Winfield Scott Title I teacher; and approved a medical leave of absence for RoAnn Blake, Eugene Ware third grade teacher.

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