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Taylor retires from the Lowndes school system | Local News

VALDOSTA — Lowndes County Schools Superintendent Wes Taylor has announced he will be retiring effective July 1.

Taylor shared a heartfelt message with the Lowndes County School Board and school board meeting attendees on Monday.

“I have been truly blessed to be part of a remarkable school system over the past 19 years. It is a bittersweet moment as I announce my intention to retire on July 1, 2022,” Taylor said.

“I will miss the daily interactions with outstanding students, educators and community partners, all of whom have helped make the Lowndes County School System a high performing school district academically, artistically and athletically. I will continue to be an active member of our community and a strong supporter of our One Lowndes family.

Taylor was named a state finalist for 2022 Superintendent of the Year for the State of Georgia in October 2021.

In 2017, Taylor received the “Bill Barr Leadership Award” from the Georgia School Superintendents Association and was a finalist for Georgia Superintendent of the Year. In 2011, he was selected by the National Association of High School Principals as National High School Principal of the Year and also named Georgia High School Principal of the Year 2010.

Taylor was a superintendent for 10 years and before that he was a high school principal for 21 years, including Lowndes High from 2003 to 2012.

Prior to his administrative experience, he was an assistant principal, teacher, football, baseball and strength coach.

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