Lynchburg school superintendent resigns to become Fairfax County superintendent

Scott Brabrand has been with Lynchburg schools since April 2012

Courtesy: Lynchburg City Schools
Courtesy: Lynchburg City Schools

LYNCHBURG – Lynchburg City Schools Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand is leaving to take a job as Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools. Dr. Brabrand was previously the Assistant Superintendent in the Fairfax County Public Schools. He has been with Lynchburg schools since April 2012. Dr. Brabrand is a native of Newport News and a life-long Virginia resident.

Details on finding a replacement are expected in the "near future" according to the school board who released the following statement:

"Dr. Brabrand can be proud of many accomplishments achieved during his tenure. His first and foremost focus was on students; developing a Comprehensive Plan for raising achievement, aligning curricula to SOL standards, navigating challenging budget environments and rebuilding teaching resources.  Technology was introduced into middle and high schools with the LCS One initiative.  Dr. Brabrand's community engagement was tireless, increasing business support of the Partners in Education, the Education Foundation and the Beacon of Hope and as a frequent invited speaker to area events.  Recently named Region V Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Brabrand served on several state level educational panels, advocating for student supports and representing Lynchburg in a positive way."

He released the following statement:

"It is with mixed emotions that I share with you my pending appointment as Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools.

I thank you for the privilege and honor of serving you for the past five years.  Together we accomplished many things.  We developed a new Comprehensive Plan around Achievement, Behavior Culture, Operations, and Personnel, created a new mission of "Every Child, By Name and By Need, to Graduation,"​  instituted a new Capital Improvement Plan that included the successful construction of a new Heritage High School and brought a renewed focus on employee compensation after years with no raises.

There are many things still left to do. The focus on equity for the students in the Lynchburg City Schools must continue to be a priority.  So too must our focus on a growth mindset of "getting better at getting better."  We must also continue to celebrate our accomplishments while we acknowledge our challenges.

It is hard to leave.  My family and I have made so many friendships in this community that is so generous and warm.  Yet, as any Lynchburger knows, it is hard to resist the call of home.  Fairfax is where I started my educational career over 23 years ago, and it is where I wish to complete it.  My professional life has come full circle.

I can tell you I tried every day to do my best to leave Lynchburg City Schools better than I found it.  In my heart, I believe this is true.

Best wishes to you all.  Keep students' hopes, dreams, and education at the center of all you do.
That truly is The Main Thing."

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