BUNN -- Veteran Bunn High School Principal Robin Faulkner is retiring, leaving the school after eight years at its helm but a virtual lifetime association with Franklin County schools.
She submitted her retirement resignation earlier this month and it was accepted by the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night.
Her replacement has not yet been named.
Faulkner joined Franklin County schools on July 1, 1988 and was named principal at Bunn High on Aug. 7, 2007.
A native of the Edward Best Community, she attended school there until 1978 when Edward Best was consolidated with Bunn High where she spent her junior and senior years during the term of veteran BHS Principal Johnny Alford.
She began her education in Wake County schools as a counselor and, when a spot opened in Bunn, she began as a counselor there and later spent three years as an assistant principal.
"I have been so blessed to have spent almost my entire career in education in Franklin County schools and especially at Bunn High School," she said this week.
"This is a really special community of people and it is really, really hard for me to walk away from people I love so much."
When asked why she was retiring now, Faulkner said simply "it was time for me.
"I hope for good things for the school and new ideas," she added.
"But," she said, "I can't just go home and sit. I just haven't figured out part 2" of her life, she added.
Her retirement is effective June 30.
Faulkner and her husband, John, who is Franklin County's director of solid waste, have two daughters. Their daughter Katherine is married and lives in Kingsport, Tenn., and their daughter Sarah will be graduating this spring from East Carolina University.
Faukner's resignation was one of several accepted by the school board Monday. Others included Christopher Lee, Louisburg High teacher; Suzanne Macaulay, an English as a second language teacher at three schools; Sarada Manduru, Long Mill Elementary teacher; Pamela Mould, Cedar Creek Middle School teacher; Ernest Roberts, Bunn Middle teacher, and Julie Whetzel, a compliance specialist at the West River Road Annex.
The board hired Matthew Mayo as director of instructional technology and integration.
The resignations of three bus drivers were accepted, including Joann Arnold, Jonyette Branch and Charlene Finch.
Hired as substitute teachers were Christopher Gibson, Elaine Hamilton and Casey Melina. None of the substitutes are certified teachers.