HAGERSTOWN - After more than 30 years in Pennsylvania's Greencastle-Antrim School District, Jack Appleby has brought new ideas and a lot of energy to Grace Academy in Hagerstown.
Appleby, 57, is now headmaster of the private Christian school, replacing Lynn Wakefield, who resigned earlier this year.
Grace Academy enrolls about 355 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade.
Appleby retired last year as high school principal and director of secondary education for the Greencastle-Antrim School District after 34 years. He served one of those years as superintendent.
But after less than one year of retirement, and even with an active consulting business and blacksmithing hobby, Appleby said he was bored and wanted to return to education.
He spends only three days each week at Grace Academy, largely because of the leadership team he has put in place there. That team includes high school Principal Brian Kelley and Instructional Specialist Nikki Bowers, who said Appleby has brought new ideas and energy to the school.