PHS principal to depart at end of school year

Julie Reichle

The chili cook off champs, "Girls on Fire" with PHS Principal Sukanya Goswami, Vice Principal Erin Igoe, and Counselor Chris Hartford in August 2023.

Piedmont High School Principal Sukanya Goswami said in an email to the school community on Thursday that she had decided to leave her position at the end of the school year to pursue other professional opportunities and to focus on completing a doctorate in educational leadership. Goswami was hired in 2022 to replace Adam Littlefield when he retired.

“I am very grateful to the many incredible colleagues I have been able to work with and learn from in my time here. This is a community rich in resources and talents and I continue to be impressed by the accomplishments of our PHS students. I am thankful for the Parent Club to have worked with me weekly on school matters,” she said.

The news of Goswami’s departure comes on the heels of the school district’s plan to make significant cuts to staff and programs next year. But PUSD Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hawn said in an email to the Exedra that Goswami’s departure was unrelated to the budget reductions, and that she’d share more information with the school community on Monday. (PUSD schools are closed this week because of Winter Break.)

Special Education Director Douglas Harter is also leaving at the end of the school year according to the school district. Harter was hired in 2021.

In November, PHS Assistant Principal for Instruction and Student Services Erin Igoe announced her decision to leave PUSD at the end of this school year due to her family’s relocation to Nevada; her position will be eliminated as part of PUSD budget cuts. PHS Assistant Principal for Instruction and Counseling, Joseph Marik, was hired last year.

“I want to thank Sukanya for her service to PHS and our district overall,” Hawn said in an email to PHS staff after the announcement.  “I have no doubt that she will be missed by many, and I want to express my gratitude for her support of our students and staff. Sukanya’s commitment and contributions have made a significant difference, not only in our organization but with our PHS families overall. Sukanya’s hard work, professionalism, and unwavering dedication have been truly commendable.”

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