EVART -- After six years at Evart Elementary School, Principal Sarah Bailey said she is excited to be moving onto a new chapter in her life.

Submitting her retirement resignation at the Evart Public Schools Board of Education meeting Monday, Bailey will officially leave the district June 30.

"She's a great person and a great principal," Superintendent Shirley Howard said. "Change is hard, but we're excited for her."

Bailey began her career as a director and principal at an alternative academy in Manistee. After that, she took on a position at Michigan State University, where she worked with focus and priority schools for two years.

In 2014, she accepted her position with EPS and has been there ever since.

While enjoying her role as an elementary school principal, Bailey said her husband's retirement in November ultimately made her decide to leave the position.

With eight children living out of state, Bailey said retirement will give them more time to travel and spend quality time with family who they don't get to see very often.

"I'm excited about spending time with the kids, and the older you get, the harder these Michigan winters get," she said. "So to be able to escape a little bit will be a nice change."

However, she said there are many things she will miss about her position as well.

"I'll miss the kids, always. The many, many, many hugs you get every day are amazing," she said. "And the staff -- they just have such a heart and a dedication. They go above and beyond."

At the meeting Monday, those in attendance also noted how much they would miss Bailey and the impact she had on the district in her time there.

Evart High School Principal Jessica Kolenda said, beginning her administrative career with EPS, she would not have been able to be as successful as she has been without Bailey's support and guidance.

"She has been a friend and a mentor and a confidant to me, and I hope someday to mentor a new principal the way she did for me," she said. "I don't know how I would have gotten through the last few years without her. She will be missed."

Plans to fill Bailey's position are being discussed.