DOBSON — Mount Airy’s assistant superintendent has accepted a position with Surry County Schools.
The Surry County Schools Board of Education held a closed session Monday night to discuss personnel, during which the board gave its approval to hire Bryan Taylor to the reinstated position of student success coach.
Taylor, 44, has a Bachelor of Science degree from High Point University, a Masters of Arts from Gardner-Webb University and is completing a doctoral program through Gardner-Webb.
He graduated from North Surry in 1989 where he was a classmate of Neil Atkins, director of Surry Virtual Academy and Secondary Education, and Kevin King, North Surry’s boys basketball coach.
Taylor served in a wide variety of ways with Mount Airy City Schools. In his 23 years in education, Taylor has been a special education teacher, director of programs such as special education, federal programs, student services, human resources and operations, Transportation Information Management System, and Alternative Learning Programs.
As the student success coach, Taylor will assist administrators with compulsory attendance law violations; consult and collaborate with social workers; provide direct services to families in need; and advocate for at-risk children at all grade spans, with a special focus on college and career readiness.
This isn’t exactly a new position, explained Dr. Travis Reeves, SCS superintendent. The county schools had someone in this position until it was cut from the budget in 2009.
That put a greater burden on the principals and assistant principals to team with social workers and district attorneys, he said.
School administrators already have a great deal of paperwork to handle, and these extra duties were keeping them from focusing on the most important part: education.
“We are excited to find someone with Bryan Taylor’s depth of knowledge and experience for this important position in our district,” said Dr. Jeff Tunstall, assistant superintendent for student services.
“The student success coach will be a vital piece of our mission to have all students graduate college- and career-ready,” said Tunstall. “We feel Mr. Taylor is the ideal liaison between the difficult work done for our at-risk children and families each day by our social workers, counselors, teachers and administrators.”
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