The following announcement was made Friday morning by the Katonah Lewisboro School District. The appointment is expected to take place at a special board meeting Tuesday evening. The new interim principal was not immediately available for an interview.
The Katonah-Lewisboro School District is expected to appoint Mr. John Goetz, a highly-experienced educator, as John Jay High School Interim Principal for the 2012-13 school year.
Mr. Goetz comes to the District with a rich background in education; he has held high school principal positions as well as superintendent roles since 1985, prior to which he was an assistant principal and a teacher.
“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Goetz to the District and believe that his high level of experience as an educational leader makes him very well-suited for the Interim Principal role at John Jay High School,” stated Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Kreutzer.
Mr. Goetz will serve the entire 2012-13 school year as Interim Principal while the district conducts a search for a permanent HS principal.
Mr. Goetz served as Superintendent of Brookfield Public Schools in Connecticut for four years, and most recently carried out the responsibilities of interim superintendent in Monroe Public Schools. He has held long-term principal roles of nine years each at two high schools in Connecticut: Orville H. Platt High School and Danbury High School. He has also held interim principal positions at Mamaroneck High School and Stamford High School. In 2002, he was honored as the Connecticut Association of Schools’ Connecticut High School Principal of the Year.
“This is perhaps the most experienced interim leader that the district could have secured,” said Board of Education President Mark Lipton. “With his knowledge and broad practice, the transition year at the high school will be a seamless one.”
As a school and district leader, Mr. Goetz has implemented programs to incorporate technology into education, and has established and strengthened relationships with town leaders. At Danbury High School, he developed a ninth grade team model as well as a research program for ninth graders.
Mr. Goetz obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master of Arts Degree in Economics from Fordham University. He completed his coursework in the Ph.D. program in Economics at Fordham as well. He received his Certificate in Advanced Study Degree in Educational Administration from Fairfield University.