Foothill's New Principal

Longtime administrator and former teacher Jason Krolikowski has been named Foothill's new principal starting with the 2013-2014 school year.

The school board voted Tuesday to hire Krolikowski, currently an assistant principal at San Ramon Valley's Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon.

"I’m extremely excited, honored, flattered and have just about every emotion that someone can have in a situation like this, but certainly, I'm mostly excited," Krolikowski said.

Krolikowski has been an assistant principal for seven years -- three years at Dougherty, three at Alhambra High School in Martinez and one at De Anza High School in Richmond.

"I’ve been an assistant principal for seven years now," he said. "I have a young family. I feel that things are aligned right in my life to take the next step. I’ve done just about all I can do as an assistant principal and feel I’m ready to take the next step and lead the school as a principal."

The first-rate reputation of both Foothill and the entire Pleasanton school district is what drew Krolikowski to apply for the job.

"When positions in Pleasanton open up, you don't walk, you run," he said. "The research I’ve done on Foothill shows me that you have everything you need to have in a great school. I want to be a part of it and take it to the next level."

Krolikowski believes his strength lies in his people skills.

"It’s important for me to get to know the people beyond just what I see in the school day," he said. "

It helps build trust and move forward. Nothing else I do will matter if people don’t believe I care in them and the school."

One area Krolikowski is eager to tackle is how Foothill implements the new common core state standards.

"There are a lot of questions and concerns with that," he said. "It’s my job to get the staff to believe in that and know that’s it’s not something to be scared of or intimidated by. They’re already doing most of it; some things need to be tweaked and improved. They need to trust the people who are leading the charge."

Krolikowski lives in San Ramon with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, an 8-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl.

Prior to being an assistant principal, Krolikowski was the athletic director at De Anza for three years and head football coach at Lowell High School in San Francisco for six years.

The San Diego native attended San Diego Mesa Community College before transferring to San Francisco State for his undergraduate degree. He got his master's degree and administrative credential from California State University, East Bay.

Krolikowski will replace principal John Dwyer, who's leaving to take on a new challenge as principal of Lynbrook High School in San Jose.

Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013