Congratulations Dr. Brads!
Dr. Brads is currently in his 9th year as Superintendent for Botetourt County Public Schools. During his tenure, the school division has been recognized for ambitious instructional programming most notably the opening of the STEM-H Academy for high school students, access to over 65 dual enrollment courses that include academic and CTE offerings, implementation of the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) at two elementary schools, and innovative scheduling at both the middle and high school levels. Additionally, Dr. Brads led the effort to make participation in the Community College Access Program (CCAP) a reality for Botetourt County students.
Under his guidance, the division has continued to make access to and implementation of instructional technology a priority. This includes the placement of interactive boards in over two-thirds of the division’s classrooms, the expansion of wireless capacity in all schools, and the use of a longitudinal data management system that helps administrators and teachers look at the individual needs of students over the course of their entire school career. Furthermore, the division is poised to rollout a 1-to-1 initiative during the 2014-2015 school year.
In efforts to maximize opportunities for the division’s students and staff, Dr. Brads has made purposeful efforts to cultivate collaborative relationships across the Roanoke Valley. The division has a strong partnership with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) and Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) that not only allows students to access college level coursework while attending high school, but to attend advanced programs on the campuses of VWCC and DSLCC. Over the last five years, the participation in these programs has grown while the division has also had an increase in participation at the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School and the Jackson River Governor’s School. Understanding that rigorous programs are dependent on highly qualified staff, Dr. Brads worked hand-in-hand with Jefferson College of Health Sciences to create a Graduate Certificate in Biology that is now available to high school science teachers.
These notable improvements in programs and services to students have been made in spite of very difficult economic times. Dr. Brads, along with School Board, has guided the division through making difficult budget decisions while trying to minimize the impact on teaching and learning. He has provided leadership that has allowed the system to offer progressive programs and opportunities to the students of Botetourt County.
Submitted by Dr. Joni Poff, Director of Instruction for BCPS