James Wood High School Principal Announces Retirement

For Immediate Release
April 27, 2017
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


James Wood High School Principal Joe Salyer has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2017. Salyer, who has served Frederick County Public Schools for 40 years, has been the principal at James Wood High School since July 2003.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Mr. Salyer has enjoyed a very distinguished career with Frederick County Public Schools and impacted thousands of lives through his work as an agriculture teacher, assistant principal and principal. Throughout his career, Mr. Salyer has always put students first. It is that approach, as well as his compassionate and caring nature, that has enabled him to enjoy such a long and impactful career working with students in our community.”

Salyer has made many contributions to Frederick County Public Schools over four decades. He started his career in 1977 as an agriculture teacher at Frederick County Junior High School. After three years of teaching there, Salyer moved to James Wood High School where he taught agriculture and served as the head of the school’s agriculture department. After teaching for 12 years at James Wood, Salyer was named the school’s administrative assistant to the principal in 1993. In 1996, he became an assistant principal at James Wood and served in that role until being named interim principal in July 2003. In January 2004, Salyer was named James Wood High School’s principal and has served in that capacity for more than 13 years.

Salyer says, “I’ve enjoyed a very fulfilling career in education and benefitted from many great mentors as well as colleagues whose primary focus has been helping prepare students to be successful. My upcoming retirement is bittersweet. I’ve been blessed with an outstanding career and the opportunity to work with many students and staff members who are all special in their own way. While I’m sure I’ll miss going to school each day once I retire, I’ll always be a James Wood Colonel.”

A vacancy announcement will be released in the coming days for the principal’s position at James Wood High School.