Lynchburg, VA - Dr. Scott Brabrand is celebrating two years with Lynchburg City Schools this month.
Brabrand said a lot of great things are on the way for the school system. He said his second year has been filled with achievements.
High school students partnered with Randolph College to offer Chinese language classes. Lynchburg Police have helped expand career tech offerings in criminology, and there is now an early college program so students can take classes at CVCC and graduate with a diploma and Associates degree.
Brabrand said all schools have worked to expand their STEM system of learning, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. He visited Dearington Elementary Thursday to hand out Science Fair awards.
The school has really been focusing on science and just got new aquariums and science equipment. Another achievement Dr. Brabrand is proud of: the financial support schools have gotten from the school board and City Council. He said this past year is the first in five that teachers got a raise.
"This is a great community that loves kids, that loves education, that has a great school system, that has had a great legacy of outstanding public schools, and has high expectations for great public schools in the future. And it's exciting to be a part of the energy and excitement and the support I've been given over the past two years. We're making tremendous strides and progress to make a good school system even better," said Brabrand.
Brabrand said he is excited for what is ahead. Lynchburg City Schools will break ground on the new Heritage High School. Another exciting thing to come: all rising ninth graders will get a Chromebook computer to replace textbooks. He said it will help bring the school system up to date in this digital age.