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Oakley Elementary secretary honored for her service to school, community

Carol Buckner (LEFT) has been the keeper of the community's history and the school's history for over 50 years. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

One local woman has dedicated her life to educating kids here in the mountains.

Although she has never taught in a classroom, she has been the bedrock of Oakley Elementary.

Carol Buckner has been the keeper of the community's history and the school's history for over 50 years.

"She's been one who has offered advice that is just so incredible," Principal Danny Fusco said. "She's one who is a trusted person, a beloved person, a pillar of the community."

She was hired as the school's first full-time secretary in 1967.

Back then, there were no computers -- she did everything by hand. She has seen principals and countless children come and go as well as school renovations and the introduction of technology.

She said it's been an amazing career she never dreamed of.

"This has not really been a job that I think of as a job," Buckner said. "It's just something I've always enjoyed doing. I always looked at it that way. I'm sure that's why I'm still here."

Ms. Buckner said she got all of the early history of the area from a woman who worked at the school before she did.

She was also recently recognized by the Buncombne County School Board for her service to the Oakley Community.

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