CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR)– Montgomery County School Board announced that the search is over, and they have hired a new superintendent, Dr. Bernard F. Bragen Jr.

The school system appointed Dr. Bragen at the Tuesday night MCPS School Board meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. 

Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Bragen has over a decade of education experience. He began his career as a special education teacher and child study team member.

After staying in that field for 10 years, he decided to try the other side of the field and work in administration. There he held multiple positions including Special Education, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, and Superintendent of Schools. 

In a press release, the Chairwoman of the Montgomery County School board says they are excited to add a new team member.

“We look forward to the leadership, dedication, and commitment to collaboration that Dr. Bragen will bring to the students, staff, and families in our County,” said Kass.

In an interview, Dr. Bragen says he is grateful for this position, and to be a part of Montgomery County Public Schools.

“I am humbled to be selected, and I look forward to working with all of you and to becoming a part of the community and working together to hopefully make our school system live up to what its motto is,” said Dr. Bragen.

So, what prompted this decision?

The decision to leave New Jersey was based on the fast-paced lifestyle. He explains it was becoming too much, and it was time to make a change.

This is where he began his search for another place to live and a superintendent position. Eventually, deciding upon Montgomery County.

He continued to say when he begins his new position the first thing he wants to do is meet with all staff members and administrators.

Then, his next step is reaching out to the community members.

“I want to set up some type of venue to meet with members of the public, and parent organizations, hopefully within the communities and within the town. The idea would be to be out to the public to get input and to learn about some of the things we do really well, and to hear from people about what they want us to improve upon,” said Dr. Bragen.

He says his goal is to remain authentic, and accessible to anyone who needs to interact with him.

In that same press release, school officials say;

“Dr. Bragen is a passionate educator who believes all children can learn and thrive in a learning environment that is stimulating, comforting, and appropriate to their unique talents and abilities.”

Montgomery County Public Schools

Bragen will take on his role on December 1st. He is currently the superintendent of schools for Edison Township Public Schools, where he has served since 2019.