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Marion County School District hires new administrator

Marion, SC, May 20, 2021– The Marion County School District announced that Dr. James M. Bunch will be the district’s new Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Administrative Services.  The Marion County Board of Education approved the superintendent’s recommendation at their monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Bunch, who is currently serving as principal of Marion Intermediate School will officially step into the new position beginning July 1, 2021.

As Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Administrative Services, Bunch will assist in the daily operation of the district as well as the planning, implementing, directing, and maintaining of District programs by providing a wide variety of administrative duties.

Dr. Bunch started his educational career in 1993 teaching middle school. After a short time, he began taking on leadership responsibilities at the school level eventually worked his way to become an Assistant Principal (including two years in Marion County at Johnakin Middle School) and eventually into the principalship position.  He has led schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels across three districts in South Carolina.  His experience also includes being Dean of Workforce Development and Dual Education at Northeastern Technical College and representing the fifth congressional district on the Board of Trustees for Francis Marion University.

“I am very excited to serve as Assistant Superintendent,” Bunch said. “I look forward to working with the Marion County School District staff, students and parents.”

Superintendent Dr. Kandace Bethea commented, “We are excited to welcome Dr. Bunch to this new role at the district level. He brings a wealth of experience as well as energy to our leadership team.”