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David Burleson and wife Beth pose alongside Board of Education members upon Burleson's selection as new Superintendent of Avery County Schools. Photo courtesy Avery County Schools.

Originally published: 2011-06-10 09:13:33
Last modified: 2011-06-10 09:13:43

Avery County Schools taps Burleson as new superintendent

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Avery County Schools (ACS) Board of Education voted unanimously to accept David Clay Burleson as its new superintendent during its open meeting on Monday, June 6.

Burleson is an education veteran, having served 29 years in the field. He has served as a math teacher, football and baseball coach, Assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.

Burleson was born in Avery County and upon graduation from college had the goal of returning home to work as a teacher. However, his path back to the High Country took several twists and turns along the way.

Burleson currently serves as the assistant superintendent over high schools in Forsyth County. His leadership responsibilities include charge over approximately 1,500 students, giving Burleson exposure to a great diversity of individuals and programs, which he feels will serve him well as an asset to the ACS system.

"I am thrilled to return to a place that I love and respect," Burleson said.

"We are excited and eager to work with someone that shares the vision and mission to become not only a rural model for education, but a national model," said ACS Board Chairman John Greene.

Burleson and Greene expressed their desire to continue to move ACS forward, with the desire that every student receiving an education in Avery County will graduate prepared and successful.

Burleson said he hoped every student would be able to say they had a wonderful experience as a student in Avery County Schools and each would consider returning to Avery County to establish a home and career.

Burleson will begin serving ACS on July 11, 2011. Burleson replaces Dr. Keith Eades, who resigned earlier in the spring to accept a position with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.