View Full Version : All NYC Principal Jerrold Katz Aims to Take Rodeph Sholom to the Next Level

02-03-2014, 08:44 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140203/upper-west-side/principal-aims-take-rodeph-sholom-next-level) by Emily Frost:

Jerrold Katz is six months into his role as the new head of the Rodeph Sholom School on the Upper West Side and he's energized by the challenge.

"I saw an opportunity to take an already very good school to the next level," said Katz, 65, of his decision to leave the Park School in Brookline, Mass., after 20 years as its head.

As the only Reform Jewish day school in New York City, the 607-student nursery draws families from the Upper West Side, the Upper East Side and many other zip codes. But it's looking to expand its reach and popularity further. About a year and a half ago the school hired its first communications staff member to help raise the school's profile.

"Among the things I would say with confidence ó this is a school where kids are extraordinarily well-loved and cared for and a school that changes kids lives," Katz said.

DNAinfo New York spoke with Katz about his vision for the future.

Q: What factors contributed to your accepting the position as Head of School?

A: What sets the school apart is its strong conviction to caring about the character of the kids as members of a responsible and just community. Iíve been very pleased with what Iíve seen of the way our current eighth-graders are. Theyíre seen as not only very well-prepared academically, but as kids who make a difference and bring others together in an effort to do whatís right.

Q: What are some of the changes you predict making at the school?

A: Right now, Iím in my first year here ó Iím doing a lot of looking and listening. In terms of big strategic priorities, Iíve shared areas that are important to be looked at ó [increasing] faculty compensation, financial aid. If we really want to be accessible and affordable and if we think that economic diversity is important, we have to look at ways of growing financial aid.

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