COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Columbus County Schools Superintendent Alan Faulk will retire Oct. 1.
Faulk announced his retirement in late June. He spent 34 years with the school system, starting in 1984. Faulk served as a school bus driver when was still in high school, a teacher, principal, assistant principal, associate superintendent and superintendent starting in 2011.
"Everyone says you'll know when it's time [to retire] and I just felt like it was time," Faulk said. "It's sort of an idea I've been toying with for a year or so. … I just had the feeling it was time for someone else to step in. I feel like I've given it the best I have and someone can come in with new ideas and keep the system going and we don't want to become stagnant."
Faulk saw computers and the Internet introduced to classrooms and said seeing Old Dock Elementary School burn down in 2015 and then be rebuilt is one of the most memorable moments of his career along with merger talks with Whiteville City Schools and trying to make ends meet every year with the budget.
Faulk said he will miss the relationships with his colleagues and students the most.
"Throughout my career, I've had so many rewarding moments I just couldn't just say one, but it's working with the kids, working with the parents, working with my coworkers," Faulk said. "I'm definitely going to miss all of those.
"That's been my family for a long time and I hope to continue to stay in touch with them but to stay out of their way."
He said he's retiring in October to give the school board time to find his replacement.
Faulk plans to spend time with his family, fish and travel in his retirement.