2010-07-28 / Front Page

Switching careers — again

By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com

BUNCH BUNCH Mark Bunch doesn’t hesitate when asked about his recent decision to leave a music career behind for his new gig as Granard Middle School principal.

Bunch left the county school system four years ago so he could become the chief operating officer at Hames Music. He was recommended to the school board to be hired as the Granard Middle Principal this past week by interim superintendent Kim Bagwell.

The Granard Middle principal opening became available in June when principal Shirley Sealy decided to take the same job across town at Gaffney Middle.

Bunch is scheduled to start his new job Aug. 2.

Bunch is looking forward to returning to a career in the education field.

“I love education. I missed working with students and teachers,” Bunch said. “I left to pursue an interest in music for four years. I look forward to getting back into the school business.”

Bunch moved his family to Cherokee County in 2000 when he was hired as the Gaffney Middle principal. He spent the year as president of the South Carolina Middle School Association.

After one year at Gaffney Middle, Bunch was principal for five years at Grassy Pond Elementary before leaving for Hames Music in 2006. He has watched the large Southeast music instrument dealer expand from sales and service over the past several years into installing lighting and sound systems for churches and local businesses.

“I love music and worked with great people at Hames Music. It was a great place to work,” Bunch said. “I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to get back into education.”

Bunch has maintained his interest in education while working in the private sector.

His daughter Landis is a 2008 Gaffney High graduate while his son Hayden will be a junior at the county high school this year.

Bunch is quite familiar with the Granard Middle faculty from when Hayden attended the school. He invites parents to come by and visit him Aug. 4.

“Granard Middle is a great school from top to bottom. Principal Shirley Sealy did a great job at the school,” Bunch said. “Cherokee County is a good place to come back to education. I’m certainly walking into a situation with a veteran teaching staff that’s ready for a good school year.”

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