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Katonah-Lewisboro Names Interim Principal for John Jay High

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Katonah-Lewisboro School District officials have announced that they will appoint John Goetz as John Jay High School interim principal for the 2012-13 school year.

Goetz will replace Ellen Doherty, who announced her resignation earlier this year, citing personal reasons. Her last day was June 30. Doherty had been John Jay principal since April 2008.

Schools Superintendent Paul Kreutzer said that 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, and prior to that 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,” Kreutzer said.

Goetz will serve the entire 2012-13 school year in an interim role while the district conducts a search for a permanent high school principal.

Goetz served as superintendent of Brookfield Public Schools in Connecticut for four years, and most recently was interim superintendent in Monroe Public Schools in Connecticut. He has held long-term principal roles of nine years each at two high schools in Connecticut: Orville H. Platt High School in Meriden, Conn., 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.”

Goetz has implemented programs to incorporate technology into education, and has established and strengthened relationships with town leaders, school officials said. At Danbury High School, he developed a ninth-grade team model as well as a research program for ninth-graders.

Goetz received his bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in economics from Fordham University. He completed his coursework in the doctoral degree program in economics at Fordham as well. He received his certificate in advanced study degree in educational administration from Fairfield University.

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