TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
The Times-Tribune has learned that John Derek Faulconer, the Principal at Corbin High School since July 2011, has resigned.
Faulconer is leaving Corbin after accepting a position at a new magnet high school in Knox County, Tennessee.
Faulconer’s resignation is effective next Monday, November 11.
In a news release Wednesday, Faulconer stated, “Today is a bittersweet day for me. I will never forget this school and community. I am very appreciative of everyone for allowing me the opportunity to lead this school into the future. I will miss everything about Corbin, however I am embarking on a new adventure that allows me a chance to not only grow as an educational leader, but a chance to spend more quality time with my family. My respect and admiration for this district will last a lifetime.”
“He had an excellent opportunity for him and his family to move, and for him to start up a new school. He’ll be on the ground level, and it will be very exciting. He had a real close relationship with the students, faculty and parents, and saw Corbin High School through an exciting time with the new building that was dedicated this spring. We’ll certainly miss him,” Corbin Independent Schools Superintendent Ed McNeel said in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Knox County (Tennessee) Schools website, the district’s newest magnet school will be KCS Career Magnet Academy at Pellisippi State.
The new academy will be located on the Pellisippi State Community College campus in Strawberry Plains, east of Knoxville.
That school is scheduled to open in August 2014. It will focus on career pathways, along with college and career readiness.
The district currently has eight magnet schools in operation. The new magnet school gives the Knox County Schools in Tennessee its 16th high school.
The district is the public school system for Knoxville and Knox County. In October of this year, the district had approximately 59,000 students.