Dear Sacred Heart Cathedral School Community,
Thank you for your patience and support as we have been discerning new leadership for our school community. I know you have had to absorb a lot recently and I am grateful for your commitment to our school. I know we all share the same desire for our school to be the best it can be. I believe that each of us has chosen to be a part of Sacred Heart because we can see the eternal difference a Catholic Education can make in the lives of our children.
When we knew that the position of principal was going to be open at Sacred Heart, we immediately began an internal search throughout the ten Diocese of Knoxville Schools to see if, within our system, we had a candidate who possessed the gifts to lead our school at this time. I am grateful to Sedonna Prater (Director of Curriculum for the Diocese of Knoxville), Deacon Sean Smith (Chancellor and COO Diocese of Knoxville) and Dickie Sompayrac (President, KCHS) for their assistance in this search. Over the last few weeks, we have been able to interview and evaluate a candidate that stands out above the rest. He has had the opportunity to be interviewed by me, Bishop Stika, Deacon Sean Smith, and Sedonna Prater. We have found him to be a dynamic educator and a strong leader with a passion for Catholic Education. I am excited to introduce you to our new principal Jacob(Jake) Rodgers. I have attached a brief biography as well as a picture of him and his family. I know that you will enjoy meeting him and getting to know him over the coming weeks.
On February 25th and 26th from 6:30-7: 30 pm we will be hosting two information nights in the Cathedral Hall so that our parent community can meet and begin getting to know Mr. Rodgers. Please know that Jake and I welcome the opportunity to discuss your thoughts and ideas about our school. Jake will also be making himself available for individual meetings with the faculty so that they can get to know each other better. Please join me in welcoming Jake Rodgers to our Sacred Heart Cathedral School Community.
Very Rev. David A. Boettner, V.G.
Vicar General- Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville
Rector- Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus