Forest Area School District

Forest Area School District is a small, rural district located in northwestern Pennsylvania encompassing all of Forest County as well as the townships of Millstone in Elk County and President in Venango County. The district is 501 square miles in size and services approximately 400 students, pre-kindergarten through grade 12. There are currently two school buildings: East Forest Elementary/Secondary School (PK to 12) located in Marienville and West Forest Elementary/Secondary School (PK to 12) located in Hickory Township.

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District Administration
Amanda Hetrick
Mrs. Amanda Hetrick
Elisha Pospisil
Mrs. Elisha Pospisil
Director of Curriculum & Technology
Debra Arner
Mrs. Debra Arner
East Forest Pk-12 Principal
Staci Blair
Miss Staci Blair
West Forest Pk-12 Principal
Central Office Administrative Staff
Michelle Bawden
Michelle Bawden
Business Affairs Clerk to Central Office Staff
Mr. Kevin Beatty
System Administrator
Sheila Dubrawka
Mrs. Sheila Dubrawka
Business Manager, TCC Representative
Darla Kennedy
Confidential Secretary
Kathy Wells
Kathy Wells
Administrative Assistant, Transportation Coordinator

School Board

The Board of School Directors of the Forest Area School District, in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations, establishes policies, rules and procedures for the governance of the Board and for the safe and orderly operation of the school district. The Board is committed to making decisions that are in the best interest of Forest Area students.

Forest Area School District

Mission Statement

Forest Area School District creates a foundation for life-long learners who are prepared to excel in a diverse world. PREPARE TO EXCEL!

Forest Area School District

Shared Values

The district recognizes that:

  • All students have the potential to be contributing citizens through their achievements and will instill positive behaviors which encourage respect for self and others.
  • All actions will instill a collaborative attitude among students, faculty, and staff focused on engaging family and the community in reaching the highest levels of success for students.
  • Our schools will be a safe, welcoming and productive environment.
  • In order to maximize learning potential, individual and diverse learning approaches will be utilized.
Forest Area School District

Vision Statement

Through collaboration with the community, the Forest Area School District envisions a future for our students that:

  • Embraces a diverse, rigorous, and dynamic curriculum which empowers students to undertake learning risks and utilizes technological advancements;
  • Develops effective thinkers, problem solvers and communicators prepared for global success who are able to adapt to life’s challenges as they come;
  • Recognizes the unique nature and individual abilities of each child and fosters a learning culture that boosts confidence within each child; and
  • Empowers students in becoming environmentally aware and civically responsible members of society.
  • The District will devote itself to bringing this vision to life.
Forest Area School District

2023-2024 School Year Calendars

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School Calendar

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Apply to FASD


Professional Staff Positions will be posted on the Forest Area School District website as they become available. Please note that many state and criminal clearance forms are available as Internet downloads. Contact the Forest Area School District Central Office (814.755.4491) to pick up an application package.

The following forms are needed to provide a complete application:

  • Tuberculosis Test Results
  • FASD Availability Questionnaire
  • Act 34 Criminal Record Check
  • Act 151 Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Act 114 Federal Criminal History Record
  • Copy of the PA Teaching Certificate
Teachers, Aides, Secretaries, Custodians, & Nurses

Substituting in FASD

The Forest Area School District partners with Kelly Educational Staffing (KES), a leading provider of substitutes to school districts across the U.S. KES manages our substitute teacher program, as well as our substitute support staff. A trusted partner to over 7,000 schools nationwide, KES substitutes provide learning continuity in the classroom when permanent teachers are absent.

KES prepares their substitute educators, and support personnel to succeed by offering access to highly respected training and professional learning programs. If you are interested in becoming a KES substitute teacher, aide, secretary, custodian, or nurse in the Forest Area School District, we invite you to apply by calling KES at 412.206.0544 or emailing 517x@kellyservices.com.

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School Performance Profile

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