Vice Principal Change

Retired administrator Jim Hansen will be Foothill's newest vice principal, filling a job left vacant by Rich Gorton.

Gorton has left Foothill to be principal of Hidden Valley Elementary School in the Mt. Diablo school district, a job close to his home in Walnut Creek.

"It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with you for the past four and a half years," Gorton wrote in a message to staff. "I will treasure my memories of Foothill and each of you for as long as I live. You have all taught me a great deal."

While it's tough to see Gorton leave, Principal Jason Krolikowski is pleased to see him advance in his career.

"I'm happy that Rich got a promotion," Krokikowski said. "In the short term, it will take its toll on Foothill. Any time there's change, some things can fall through the cracks. Hopefully, we won't let that show."

Foothill's fortunate that Hansen is available to fill in as vice principal for the rest of the school year. He has a long career in school administration, retiring last June as principal of Amador Valley High School.

"I'm excited," Krolikowski said. "I know Mr. Hansen has a great reputation in the community. It also gives me the opportunity to learn from someone with a lot of experience. I have told him very clearly that I want feedback, and I want to hear his thoughts."

Hansen will take over his new job on March 11.

"I am very happy to have this opportunity to work at Foothill," Hansen said. "I am thrilled to work with Jason and his team, as well as the staff, students and parents at Foothill. I am looking forward to a  valuable and fun experience during my time here."

The school district will launch a search for a new long-term vice principal. Mid-March to mid-April is the prime hiring season for school administrators, Krolikowski noted.

"We're looking forward to having someone on our team who's the best fit for out school and for the administrative team the we have here," he said.

Rich Gorton, top, and Jim Hansen

Posted Wednesday, March 5, 2014