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Antietam Academy principal retiring to take post at Spring Mills High

Ike Williams, who lives in Berkeley County, has worked in Maryland education for 36 years

June 11, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

Antietam Academy Principal Ike Williams said Tuesday that he is retiring from Washington County Public Schools to become assistant principal at the new Spring Mills High School in nearby Berkeley County, W.Va.

Williams, 60, who lives in Berkeley County, has worked in Maryland education for 36 years.

“I thought it was a neat opportunity to go back to my roots,” to a comprehensive high school, Williams said.

Being involved with a new high school and helping to set the tone appealed to him, Williams said.

Williams’ first job with Washington County schools was as an agriculture teacher at Clear Spring High School for 20 years, starting in the mid-1970s. He said he helped start the school’s Future Farmers of America program.

After working at Clear Spring, Williams took a job coordinating agricultural and home economics programs statewide for the Maryland State Department of Education, he said.

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Two years later, he was back in Washington County as assistant principal at South Hagerstown High School, where he served for two years.

Williams then became coordinator of career technology education. In that job, he was involved in organizing the finance, engineering, manufacturing and teaching academies at various local high schools, Williams said.

He served as supervisor of instructional technology and library media for a few years before spending the last 10 years with the Antietam Academy program, formerly known as the alternative program.

The Antietam Academy school building, off West Oak Ridge Drive, houses Evening High School at night and, during the day, the specialized Antietam Academy program to help students at risk of not graduating, according to previous stories in The Herald Mail.

The latter program is for students in grades six through 12 who have issues such as disruptive behavior, pronounced academic deficits, and/or a high level of Attention Deficit Disorder or distractibility.

Williams said he immensely enjoyed his time with the county school system.

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