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Year in Review: Education Headlines in 2012

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It was a busy year in the education world, full of new faces, new ideas and new plans for helping our kids reach their highest potential. There were also plenty of fierce fights.

Here's some of the most memorable moments.

Lynchburg City Schools' new Superintendent, Dr. Scott Brabrand, came out of the gate with new ideas to help area schools reach their highest potential. By focusing on the ABCs--Achievement, Behavior and Culture--he hopes to further involve parents and teachers.

"The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing. And, that they are the main thing. Their hopes, their dreams, their education have to be the main thing in Lynchburg City Schools," said Dr. Brabrand.

There was controversy at the University of Virginia this year, after the attempt to oust President Teresa Sullivan. UVA's first woman president was reinstated two weeks later, after protests from faculty, students, donors and alumni.

Liberty University announced its plans for a new Center for Health and Medical Sciences. They are building in hopes that doctors who train here, will practice here.

"Our students are missions minded and I think you'll see a lot of them serving in Southside Virginia that need the help, that are under served now," said Jerry Falwell Jr., Chancellor of LU.

And in light of Sears closing at the River Ridge Mall, LU decided to capitalize on the potential space with plans to build a Civic Center.

"If we don't do it, Roanoke is going to do it. And then there's going to be another generation where Lynchburg folks have to hit the road to see any kind of cultural event," said Falwell.

And in Heritage High School's quest for improvement, the new facility's design took a backseat to the issue of just how many dollars it would cost to create it.

"It's not a surprise to us. If you just took the Dewberry, a new high school was 80 million, and just inflated it 4 percent between now and when they plan on bidding Heritage, you'd be at like 105-110 million dollars. So, no, it's not really surprising," said architect Blair Smith, principal at Dominion Seven Architects.

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