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Appleby to retire after 34 years in local school district

January 12, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - After 34 years of service to education in Greencastle, Jack Appleby is saying goodbye to school.

At the first meeting of the Greencastle-Antrim School Board in 2007, Appleby officially tendered his resignation, effective at the end of the school year.

"A piece of me is afraid," he admitted. "I can't say I'm not at times scared of the unknown."

Since graduating from what is now Shippensburg (Pa.) University, Appleby has known pretty much the same routine.

With sunrises guiding him to work and sunsets leading him home, he commuted from Fulton County every day to work with the children of Greencastle.

Appleby spent nine years in the classroom teaching biology before becoming an administrator.

"I got tired of the routine," he said of teaching. "I loved the kids; I hated checking the papers."

When the opportunity presented itself, Appleby became assistant principal. He never went back to the classroom and served as both interim superintendent and principal of the high school.

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For Appleby, his entire career was spent in the halls, classrooms and offices of Greencastle-Antrim High School.

"In a lot of ways, Greencastle is my home," he said. "I will miss it, but what I will miss most are the kids."

Despite all the fond memories and friendships, Appleby is focusing on his future.

"If I had my way, on my first day (of retirement) I would pick up my granddaughter and we would do something together," he said.

Appleby said he has no definite plans for retirement except to pursue his passion of blacksmithing. He admits that after 34 years in education, he might not be able to leave school so abruptly.

"I might like to consult or work with administrators," he said emphasizing that he has "no interest in substitute teaching."

Appleby's resignation is the second from Greencastle-Antrim administration this year, following superintendent P. Duff Rearick. If you ask Appleby, resigning the same year as Rearick is a positive situation.

"My father said I would know when it was time, and now is the best time for the school district with Rearick retiring, too," he said.

Appleby will finish the 2006-07 school year as principal of the high school and director of secondary education.

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