OAKWOOD - The principal of West Hall High School announced his retirement this afternoon at a called faculty meeting.
Dr. Greg Williams announced his retirement, effective November 29, 2013. When asked why he chose to retire in the middle of the school year, Williams said there were really only two times to retire as an educator, the end of the first semester and the end of the year. "To me, the timing for a smooth transition is best at this time of the year because... the spring semester is just covered in planning," Williams said.
Superintendent Will Schofield also announced today that he recommends the current West Hall assistant principal, Scott Justus, to act as interim president through the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
"I think that's a great decision," said Williams. "Scott will do a wonderful job, he's a Spartan through and through now, just as I am."
The board voted unanimously tonight to approve the recommendation.
Williams began his career in the education field in 1981 as a teacher and coach at Dawson County. He taught and coached at Brantley Co. High in Nahunta, Ga. in 1982. He has been employed by the Hall County School System since 1983 and served his alma mater, North Hall High, as a teacher and basketball coach.
He received his doctorate in education in 2004; that same year he became the assistant principal and athletic director of West Hall. He became principal in 2010.
Justus is also a North Hall High alumnus, class of 1990. He began as a teacher and coach at North Hall. In 2002, he became a physical education teacher and baseball coach at Chestatee High School. He became a school administrator in 2006 when he became assistant principal of West Hall.