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Superintendent Forsthoefel Announces Retirement at End of School Year

Frank Forsthoefel Sycamore Superintendent Frank Forsthoefel is retiring at the end of the 2020-21 school year after serving 33 years in public education. The Sycamore Board of Education approved his retirement during their meeting on October 21.

“The greatest honor of my professional career has been to serve the students, staff, and community of Sycamore Schools,” said Forsthoefel. “But now it is time for me to give back to my wife Robin and our daughters, Megan and Madison, who have supported me in my service to the district.”

Mr. Forsthoefel is currently serving his sixth year as superintendent of Sycamore Community Schools. Under his leadership, the district saw the successful passage of a 6.5 mill operating levy in 2016 that generated approximately $11 million per year for the district. He also led the district to pass a $127.5 million bond issue with 61% voter approval to rebuild E.H. Greene Intermediate and Sycamore Junior High, as well as to renovate Sycamore High School and Symmes Elementary. Mr. Forsthoefel also led district leadership through a comprehensive strategic planning process. The 5-10 year visioning plan will be unveiled later this school year.

“Mr. Forsthoefel’s hard work over the past six years has set our schools on the path towards excellence for years to come,” said Melissa Weiss, Board president. “His dedication to the students, staff, and families of this district and his ability to foster relationships will truly be missed and we thank him for his years of successful service.”

Mr. Forsthoefel’s retirement will be effective on July 30, 2021, after what has been by far the most challenging year of his career with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I want the community to know that my commitment to leading this district through a very challenging year will be unwavering,” said Forsthoefel. “I will work twice as hard to ensure that the remainder of the 2020-21 school year be the best it can possibly be for students, staff, and our great community.”

Mr. Forsthoefel’s career in public education began in 1987 as a fourth-grade teacher in Lakota Local Schools. In 1995, following his time in the classroom, Forsthoefel was appointed Assistant Principal at Summit Elementary in the Forest Hills Local School District where he served for three years. In 1998, he was appointed Principal at Wilson Elementary in Forest Hills where he served students, staff, and families for eight years. 

In 2006, Forsthoefel was named Assistant Superintendent of Academic Affairs for Sycamore Community Schools overseeing all academic programming in the district and supervision of building principals. In 2012, as Assistant Superintendent, Forsthoefel took on additional responsibilities to include human resources.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Miami University and a master’s degree from Xavier University, where he currently serves as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Education Leadership. Mr. Forsthoefel serves on the executive committees for Learn 21 and High Aims. He is also a member of the Alliance for High-Quality Education, High AIMS, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, American Association School Personnel Administrators, and Ohio Association of Elementary Principals.


“The success of our district has never been about one person; but about the collective essence of the Sycamore Family and our commitment to being the best we can in our service to students,” said Mr. Forsthoefel.


The Board of Education will begin taking the necessary steps to replace Mr. Forsthoefel at the end of the 2020-21 school year. We will share more information on their search for the next superintendent as it becomes available.