Jason Krolikowski, principal of Foothill High School since 2013, is leaving the district next school year after being appointed as the new principal of San Ramon Valley High in Danville.
The former San Ramon administrator was hired back by the San Ramon Valley school board during its meeting Tuesday night.
Krolikowski, who is wrapping up his fourth year as principal at Foothill, is set to replace current principal Ruth Steele at the start of the next school year in July. Steele has resigned from San Ramon Valley after five years at the helm, effective June 23, to pursue an undisclosed new job opportunity.
In an email to PUSD leadership colleagues Tuesday night, Krolikowski confirmed his plans to leave and expressed thanks for those who have supported him in Pleasanton.
"The decision to move schools and districts 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 I have truly 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 PUSD," he added. "Your dedication and commitment is extraordinary, and I thank you for enriching my life."
"However, as we all know change is inevitable, and at times abrupt. That being said, I am excited at the prospect of joining SRVUSD and working with the team that has been assembled there," he said.
Krolikowski's pending exit marks the second straight spring that a Pleasanton high school will be recruiting for a new head administrator. Mike Williams was promoted to principal at Amador Valley High last year after Tom Drescher's resignation.
This is also the second PUSD principal who has indicated he is leaving at the end of the school year. Last month the Pleasanton school board approved the retirement of Valley View Elementary School principal Rafael Cruz, effective June 30.
Their departures would mean that since the start of the 2015-16 school year, 10 of the district's 15 schools have had new principals.
In his email to colleagues, Krolikowski said he would "always remember my time at FHS and PUSD, and I am thankful to many of you who supported and believed in me. I hope I have served our community well and I believe we have made PUSD a better place for students. I truly hope we can all embrace Dr. Seuss' message of, 'Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.'"
Krolikowski closed the note by saying, "July will be my last official month in the district and if our paths do not cross between now and then, please know I wish everyone the best, and I am grateful for the time spent here at PUSD with you."
SRVUSD superintendent Rick Schmitt praised Krolikowski's selection in an email to staff Wednesday morning, calling the new hire "a seasoned principal with extensive leadership experience."
"Mr. Krolikowski is a talented educator and an inspiring leader," Schmitt said. "We are confident that he will be a great asset to SRVHS and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District."
San Ramon Valley High's new principal is a familiar face in that district. He served as assistant principal at Dougherty Valley from 2010 to 2013, right before being hired as principal of nearby Foothill High where he led a staff of more than 2,100 students and 150 staff members.