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Principal Krolikowski leaving San Ramon Valley High, accepts job in Palo Alto

Monte Vista assistant principal Pagano to lead SRVHS as interim after Krolikowski's departure Sept. 18

San Ramon Valley High School principal Jason Krolikowski has announced that he will be leaving the Danville school this month after three years for a district-level position in Palo Alto.

San Ramon Valley High School principal Jason Krolikowski says he plans to leave the district after three years at his position. (Photo courtesy SRVUSD)

In an email to SRVHS families Thursday confirming he had just put in his two weeks notice, Krolikowski said that he had accepted the position of director of student services with the Palo Alto Unified School District -- pending official approval from that district at next Tuesday's board meeting.

"The decision to leave SRVHS and take on this new challenge was not arrived at lightly, and certainly the part I struggled with most was knowing I would no longer be able to enjoy the relationships we have established, and that I have come to rely on," Krolikowski said. "Whatever level of success we have experienced is a result of the effort and performance of the wonderful students, staff, and community members of SRVHS."

"Without a doubt San Ramon Valley High School will remain my favorite and most memorable school experience. Your dedication and commitment is extraordinary, and I thank you for enriching my life. However, as we all know, change is inevitable, and is at times abrupt," he added.

Announcing his decision three weeks into the new school year, which began under remote-only learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Krolikowski said that while he is saddened to leave the Wolf Pack, he is excited at the new challenges that lie ahead in Palo Alto.

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One of the driving factors, he said, was "the ability to impact change in a larger setting" as Palo Alto's student services director.

Krolikowski has been principal at SRVHS since the 2017-18 school year, moving up Interstate 680 to Danville after working as principal at Foothill High School in Pleasanton. He had prior administrative experience in the district, having served as assistant principal at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon from 2010 to 2013.

As principal, Krolikowski led SRVHS through the main construction -- and ultimate completion -- of the $64 million redesign of the century-old campus centered around the new, three-story B Building, as well as guided the school through the first seven months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The school also continued its record of strong academic and extracurricular success for students with Krolikowski at the helm.

But his tenure was also marked on-campus tragedy -- the May 2018 death of freshman Ben Curry, who drowned unnoticed in the school pool during PE class.

Krolikowski's last day at San Ramon Valley is scheduled for Sept. 18, pending final approval of his new appointment from the Palo Alto school board.

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San Ramon Valley Unified School District staff have announced plans for Monte Vista High School assistant principal Liz Pagano to take the reins at San Ramon Valley High as interim principal, with a search for a permanent replacement to be conducted in the spring.

"We are going to miss him. He's been an excellent administrator at that school, but we're very confident we are moving Liz Pagano over to San Ramon Valley High School," SRVUSD communications specialist Denise Jennison said.

"We have lots of confidence in Liz to lead that community and then in the spring we'll go over a complete hiring process where stakeholders from the community will be involved in selecting a new principal to lead their school," Jennison added.

Editor's note: DanvilleSanRamon.com editor Jeremy Walsh contributed to this story.

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Principal Krolikowski leaving San Ramon Valley High, accepts job in Palo Alto

Monte Vista assistant principal Pagano to lead SRVHS as interim after Krolikowski's departure Sept. 18

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Fri, Sep 4, 2020, 10:35 am
Updated: Sun, Sep 6, 2020, 5:20 pm

San Ramon Valley High School principal Jason Krolikowski has announced that he will be leaving the Danville school this month after three years for a district-level position in Palo Alto.

In an email to SRVHS families Thursday confirming he had just put in his two weeks notice, Krolikowski said that he had accepted the position of director of student services with the Palo Alto Unified School District -- pending official approval from that district at next Tuesday's board meeting.

"The decision to leave SRVHS and take on this new challenge was not arrived at lightly, and certainly the part I struggled with most was knowing I would no longer be able to enjoy the relationships we have established, and that I have come to rely on," Krolikowski said. "Whatever level of success we have experienced is a result of the effort and performance of the wonderful students, staff, and community members of SRVHS."

"Without a doubt San Ramon Valley High School will remain my favorite and most memorable school experience. Your dedication and commitment is extraordinary, and I thank you for enriching my life. However, as we all know, change is inevitable, and is at times abrupt," he added.

Announcing his decision three weeks into the new school year, which began under remote-only learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Krolikowski said that while he is saddened to leave the Wolf Pack, he is excited at the new challenges that lie ahead in Palo Alto.

One of the driving factors, he said, was "the ability to impact change in a larger setting" as Palo Alto's student services director.

Krolikowski has been principal at SRVHS since the 2017-18 school year, moving up Interstate 680 to Danville after working as principal at Foothill High School in Pleasanton. He had prior administrative experience in the district, having served as assistant principal at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon from 2010 to 2013.

As principal, Krolikowski led SRVHS through the main construction -- and ultimate completion -- of the $64 million redesign of the century-old campus centered around the new, three-story B Building, as well as guided the school through the first seven months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The school also continued its record of strong academic and extracurricular success for students with Krolikowski at the helm.

But his tenure was also marked on-campus tragedy -- the May 2018 death of freshman Ben Curry, who drowned unnoticed in the school pool during PE class.

Krolikowski's last day at San Ramon Valley is scheduled for Sept. 18, pending final approval of his new appointment from the Palo Alto school board.

San Ramon Valley Unified School District staff have announced plans for Monte Vista High School assistant principal Liz Pagano to take the reins at San Ramon Valley High as interim principal, with a search for a permanent replacement to be conducted in the spring.

"We are going to miss him. He's been an excellent administrator at that school, but we're very confident we are moving Liz Pagano over to San Ramon Valley High School," SRVUSD communications specialist Denise Jennison said.

"We have lots of confidence in Liz to lead that community and then in the spring we'll go over a complete hiring process where stakeholders from the community will be involved in selecting a new principal to lead their school," Jennison added.

Editor's note: DanvilleSanRamon.com editor Jeremy Walsh contributed to this story.

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erik triana
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San Ramon
on Sep 18, 2020 at 3:47 pm
erik triana, San Ramon
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on Sep 18, 2020 at 3:47 pm
3 people like this

Call me old fashioned but I have a problem when a teacher at middle school actively tries to recruit the classroom to join the GSA by telling them how much fun it is and they can be Allies and Champions. If they don't know what GSA is they are encouraged to speak with her privately and she'll explain. I looked on the school website and GSA has no information. How's a parent to know that their 11 year old's teacher is grooming them for the Gay Student Alliance? By paying very close attention to Zoom Classroom. Seriously, the Superintendent Malloy ought to stop this practice. If kids want to join a club, it should be on the school website so parents can be informed.


Reader
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Danville
on Sep 19, 2020 at 5:43 pm
Reader, Danville
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on Sep 19, 2020 at 5:43 pm
4 people like this

@triana-
Not sure what this has to do with Jason Krolikowski. He was a HIGH school principal. The issue here is that SRV needs stable leadership. They didn’t have it with Ruth Steele, and losing a mere three year principal isn’t good either. Who might replace him? The school year has already started and this year is already fraught with difficulty due to the pandemic.


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