Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Margie Bulkin Monday announced she will retire from public education at the end of her term on Dec. 31.

“It’s time to let the next generation build upon the accomplishments we have made during my tenure as county superintendent,” Bulkin said in a press release.

Bulkin served as deputy Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools from summer of 2015 until her election to superintendent in 2016.

Bulkin previously served as superintendent of the Sonora and Curtis Creek school districts.

Bulkin presided over a financial crisis at Sonora High School during the 2016-17 school year, as well as provided information to a Tuolumne County grand jury on shared educational services after a grand jury report called for a study on the possibility of school district consolidation.

Bulkin touted her work with the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) as part of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and regulation of local education agencies to meet their financial obligations during her tenure in office.

In 2015, Bulkin was awarded an accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to establish high school diploma pathways for at-risk youth and adults, and also worked as chairwoman of the Promise Scholarship Committee of the Columbia College Foundation.

Bulkin attended the University of California, San Diego, received a teaching credential and master’s degree from San Diego State University and an administrative credential and master’s degree in educational administration from National University.

Bulkin served as a teacher, program coordinator, assistant principal, principal and executive director of instruction in the San Dieguito High School District in Encinitas from 1984 to 2007.