MILFORD—Jeff Wick, who was principal at Caroline High School from 2006 to 2009, is returning to the school as principal.
The Caroline County School Board approved of the change at CHS during a closed session of the Aug. 12 meeting.
Wick replaces Charles Stevens, who was principal at CHS for the 2012-2013 school year. Stevens resigned this month to become principal at the Georgetown School, an alternative school in Hanover County. Stevens had been an assistant principal in Hanover before taking the post at CHS.
Wick, 45, already had 10 years of service at CHS and said he is “very excited” about returning to the school. He started out at CHS as a history teacher and became an assistant principal.
While away from CHS, he has noticed that “they’ve done a lot of good things, and I’m looking forward to re-familiarizing myself with the faculty and staff and continuing in that direction and looking at new possibilities.”
One new possibility on the horizon is the school uniform, which is a hot topic these days. “We’re not going to the uniform this year, but I am supportive of uniforms,” Wick said. “Anything that can improve structure and put the focus on academics—that is always a good thing.”
A Pennsylvania native, Wick was principal at Bowling Green Elementary School. He has served as an educator for nearly 20 years—14 years in the public school system and five at a private school. From 1993 to 1998, he was a counselor and video production teacher at Glen Mills Schools, a reform school near Philadelphia.
Along with being a teacher at CHS, he also became a department chair, and softball and scholastic bowl coach before becoming an assistant principal, a position he held from 2003 to 2006. In 2008, he was voted best principal in Caroline County through a local newspaper poll.
He is vice president of the homeowners association for Bowling Green Meadows Subdivision, a volunteer umpire for Little League and a volunteer for Glory Outreach Food Pantry, a ministry of Salem Baptist Church in Sparta.
“I’m not a member of a church, but I do read the Bible,” said Wick, who spent two years writing a book titled “Public Education: The Final Solution in the Conquest of America’s Ideals.” The book was published in 2011 and in it, Wick describes what he perceives as a socialist agenda that has been moving into public education for decades. The book drew criticism from such groups as Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which is based in Washington, D.C.
Wick grew up in Derry and Bradenville, two small towns in western Pennsylvania. He attended St. Joseph Elementary School as well as Derry Junior and Senior High Schools. He has a master of education degree in educational leadership from George Mason University, a master’s in history and a bachelor’s in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s in telecommunications from Ohio University.
He was the public address announcer for a high school football. He played organized baseball for 15 years. As a single man, Wick said he enjoys fitness, playing sports, hiking, listening to music, watching movies, and reading political, religious, and historical books.