In-house candidate the choice to replace Joel Olson
Intern assistant principal and head boys hockey coach Aaron Forsythe was named the next Forest Lake activities director for grades seven through 12 on Friday.
Forsythe will begin overseeing athletics, arts and extracurricular programs on July 1, provided the School Board approves the recommendation at its May 1 meeting.
“I’m not going to celebrate yet until that board approval comes through, but it feels really good,” Forsythe said. “I’m excited for the opportunity and am thrilled I can stay in Forest Lake.”
Forsythe will replace longtime director Joel Olson, who earlier this year announced he will resign to pursue other career opportunities.
Forest Lake High School Principal Steve Massey, who was on one of the two selection committees for the position, said Forsythe proved himself to be fit for the job after years of experience in the district at numerous levels.
“Aaron has excellent credentials, from his coaching experience, his time in the activities office, time as intern assistant principal; They all make for a wonderful administrative background,” Massey said. “His time as a teacher is noteworthy as well. All of these things came together to separate him from the rest.”
Prior to his teaching career, the 2000 Ranger grad played hockey at both the Division I college and professional levels. Forsythe then was hired at Forest Lake High School as a social studies teacher and a boys hockey coach in 2007. He moved to the activities office as coordinator last spring, and recently moved into an intern assistant principal position at the high school. He is on pace to earn his administrative license in August.
Applications for the activities director position opened on March 18 and closed on April 14. The two-team interviewing committee consisted of school and district administrators, coaches, parents and community members. The committees set up 45-minute interviews and helped guide facility tours with seven candidates before reaching a decision.
Forsythe is weighing whether he can commit to staying on in his hockey coaching role.
“I’m evaluating that right now,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine not coaching, but I have to be realistic and consider what’s best for all of the programs and what’s best for the hockey program. I will make my decision very soon. So many people have fielded that question, and it’s not fair to keep people waiting.”
Olson supported Forsythe’s hiring.
“They had seven good candidates, and they think he’s the best choice, so I’m hoping to help him transition into that job before I leave,” Olson said.