|FTISD file photo. Highlands Middle School Principal Mark Goetz recently announced his retirement effective after the school year.|
Principal Mark Goetz called his time at Highlands Middle School at the end of his career "absolutely perfect."
Goetz recently announced he will retire after the school year finishes. He's been the principal there the previous four years.
Goetz served as an Air Force medic for six years before taking his first teaching job at Covington Catholic as a Chemistry teacher. From there, he became the head football coach and science teacher at Campbell County. He ultimately became the assistant principal there in addition to remaining as head football coach.
Goetz then took a position as assistant principal and head football coach at Newport High before taking over the role of Director of Student Services for the Newport Independent School District for six years prior to coming to Highlands Middle. Goetz served as head coach of the Wildcats from 2001 to 2004 leading them to a 22-23 record including 1-3 in the playoffs. Newport made the second round of the AA playoffs his last season.
"I truly know how fortunate that I have been," Goetz said. "The best part about being a teacher and a coach are the relationships built with kids, their parents and all the staff members that you come into contact with through the years. I have been so lucky in my career to be in different types of communities and getting job satisfaction through the work in many different ways. I have also coached with and against some of the best people and coaches that this area has ever seen."
Fort Thomas Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Kirchner said Goetz has been instrumental in helping the middle school become one of the best in the state. The FTIS consistently ranks among the best in Kentucky.
"Mark Goetz has been an incredible leader at Highlands Middle School and an integral part of our district leadership team," Kirchner said. "He is revered by students, parents and staff, and will certainly be missed by all."
Kirchner said the position has been posted and the district will accept applications for the the minimum 30 days required by Kentucky law. He will then work with the Highlands Middle School SBDM Council with the interview process in early April to find the new principal.
"Mr. Goetz has done a great job as the leader at the Middle School. He is dedicated and student centered. I have appreciated his constant collaboration with me and other educators throughout the district," said Brian Robinson, Highlands Principal. "His leadership this year as the Middle School pioneered a digital conversion will serve as a model for our district. We will miss his vast contributions to our students. I wish him the best of luck in retirement."