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Active volunteer finds gold at Fox Chapel Area District Forum

| Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
Fox Chapel Area District Forum high school representative Liz Rambeau.
Sharon Drake | For the Tribune-Review
Fox Chapel Area District Forum high school representative Liz Rambeau.

Liz Rambeau says she struck gold when she found the Fox Chapel Area District Forum after moving to the area with her family seven years ago.

“District Forum is a really unusual organization. Parents have access to their kids' principal, the superintendent and other administrators. It benefits all the children in the district,” she said.

Rambeau is the Fox Chapel Area High School representative on the forum. District Forum meets four times a year to allow residents the chance to ask school administration about district-wide issues. Among other topics, they talk about construction, new courses and state legislation related to schools.

When the panel meets at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the high school, Rambeau sees it as a chance to help make a great school district even better.

“Nothing is perfect. Looking at small things is a way of making something a little bit better,” she said.

One of Rambeau's assignments on the forum is to research whether it would make sense to change school starting times for older and younger students. Rambeau said she moved to Fox Chapel from Ithaca, N.Y., where elementary kids started earlier than the high school students.

“It made a lot of sense to me. Young kids got up really early go to school, and older kids who need more sleep had a later start,” Rambeau said.

Rambeau and her husband have two teenagers in the school district. She said she enjoys her job of helping make the district better for them and other students.

“Advocating is a good job to have,” she said. “I like being involved.”

Rambeau, 51, majored in history and library science in college. In her spare time she enjoys reading and walking her dog.

A native of State College, she and her husband have also lived in Washington, D.C. But she says her family has found a home in Pittsburgh.

“It's a fun city. It has so much to offer,” she said.

Sharon Drake is a freelance writer.

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