Avery County Schools approved Dr. Bryan Taylor as new superintendent.

The school board unanimously approved Taylor during a special meeting March 6th.

Taylor is a native of Mount Airy, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from High Point University, a Masters of Arts from Gardner-Webb University and completed a doctoral program through Gardner-Webb.

He is a 1989 graduate of North Surry High School. Taylor has 25 years in education, having worked the central office, been director of special education, federal programs, student services, assistant superintendent and executive director of human resources.

Taylor will begin officially with Avery County Schools on March 26.