Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: Steven Smith
Lynchburg, VA- There is a new school superintendent in the Hill City and he is wasting no time getting to work. Dr. Scott Brabrand says he wants to be a listener, learner and leader in his new role.
Brabrand's first day on the job was a busy one. Our interview was the just one of many meetings. He had to introduce himself to the city and school system.
"I had a great positive and productive meeting with the mayor, the vice mayor, city manager, the deputy city manager and chairman of the school board," said Brabrand.
He also met with administrators, and every school in the district watched a introduction video with a message to students. On the video Brabrand encouraged students to work hard and study hard. He also introduced his motto.
"The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing. It's basically saying they are the main thing. Their hopes, their dreams, their education have to be the main thing in Lynchburg City Schools," he said.
It's a message that struck a chord with elementary school students like Elizabeth Brooker.
"I like it, because it's complicated to understand. And, then he said it's all about you. And I like it when it's all about me," said Brooker.
The video is part of his "100 day entry plan" to reach out to students, parents, and the community. It also lays out some new ideas, like creating a Facebook page to tune into students' interests. He also wants to create a venue for the community to interact with him.
"An 'Ask the Superintendent' forum is a chance to hear directly from the superintendents, 'What's going on in schools?' What are the rumors that aren't true? What are the rumors that are true?'" said Brabrand.
Brabrand is entering the school system right after the interim superintendent sent the school budget to city council. He says he supports the city manager's version of the budget which includes additional funding for the school system.
View Brabrand's entry plan here.