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Superintendent's Message

RCS Superintendent Melvin J. Brown

Sept. 8, 2017

Dear RCS Families:

In Reynoldsburg City Schools, we have experienced a phenomenal start to the year! The first weeks of school have been filled with moments of celebration, collaboration and engagement. I have been so pleased and humbled by the warmth and the spirit of our community and I sincerely thank them for the hospitality and the openness that they have displayed for me in my transition to moving here and into the role of Superintendent. I am indeed proud to be a Raider and genuinely live the hashtag “#reynproud.”

My tenure in Reynoldsburg began with a successful settlement of our negotiated agreement with our teachers. They are the core of our instructional program and the spirit of collaboration was apparent from the outset which led us to completion in just four days! I am so thankful to work with such consummate professionals and individuals who united with the thrust of putting the needs of our students first. We also engaged in a very productive Administrative Retreat with our Principals and Administrative Staff whereby we embraced a vision and a direction for our District as well as beginning the implementation of our Common Instructional Framework. Key to that work was also to begin the process of constructing an identity for each of our school to provide our community with choice and quality based on student needs and interests. We worked diligently to create the synergy necessary to be reflective in our work, to enhance our strengths, and to identify and strategize taking on our challenges.

Another primary component of my work has been to connect with our community. I participated in meetings with our City Council representatives, Mayor, Police and Fire Departments, members of local clergy, as well as a multitude of community representatives to foster strong ties of unity and collaboration. Some of the community highlights include the Reynoldsburg 4th of July Parade, the National Night Out, the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival, RCS’ Opening Staff Convocation, and RCS’ opening football game at New Albany. I am so impressed by the passion and dedication of our staff and our community to this great city. I have been so excited to meet and to become familiar with our students and staff in their schools, classrooms, and club and athletic practices. On the first day of school, I was able to visit every one of our schools to welcome our students to the next day in their journey to excellence. Since that time, I have spent significant time in each of our schools while visiting classrooms, problem solving, attending events, and assisting in fostering a sense of pride in our students. They are the reason we do what we do and it is incredibly important to us for them to know how much we care about them and their future.

Our school district has also been very fortunate to receive significant media coverage due to our stance on openness and equity for students, our lack of tolerance for any hatred, racism or bigotry, and our engaged activities surrounding our recent solar eclipse. The manner in which we have started to share our daily lives in school via social media and other venues has given our community a glimpse into the intricacies and challenges of maintaining a large school district on a daily basis. We fully demonstrate that we are committed to the mission of fulfilling the dreams of our students and our community. Those things will never fade.

We continue to have much to do to fulfill our mission of “Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow.” We also subscribe to the notion that our students are “Leaders” today. They have capacity to accomplish anything and they too, will play a large part in the leadership of our community.

The future is bright for Reynoldsburg City Schools and we are anxious to reach and exceed our potential. The 2017-18 school year brings both opportunities and challenges for the District and I look forward to working with the various stakeholders to promote Reynoldsburg City Schools as an innovative and forward-thinking District not only within Ohio but on a national level.

Sincerely,

 
 Melvin J. Brown

Follow me on Twitter @REYNSupt

About Mr. Brown

Mr. Melvin J. Brown is the Superintendent of the Reynoldsburg City School District. In this capacity he serves as the Chief Executive and Administrative Officer of the District. The Superintendent reports directly to the Board of Education and has all executive and administrative powers and duties in connection with the overall operation of the schools which are not required by statute to be exercised directly by the Board or by some other officer. The Superintendent exercises leadership through school administrators who comprise the Leadership Team.

Mr. Brown has 18 years of school administrative experience. Formerly, he served as the Deputy Superintendent for the Cuyahoga Falls City School District and prior to that as its Director of Human Resources. He has also served as Regional Vice President for Mosaica Education, Inc. and as an Associate Superintendent for Prince William County Schools in the state of Virginia where he supervised 20 schools and more than 22,000 students. Additionally, he has six years of experience as an elementary school principal and two years of experience as a middle school principal. That experience includes four years at Enterprise Elementary School in Dale City, VA which was recognized by Standard and Poor’s for successfully closing the achievement gap in 2005. His non-administrative experiences include teaching middle school language arts, teaching high school English, and coaching track and boys’ basketball. Mr. Brown holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He intends to continue pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Studies, Educational Administration at the Ohio State University.

Email: Melvin.Brown@reyn.org

Follow him on Twitter: @REYNSupt

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“Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow”

Inspirational Quotes

“Look at the world around you. It may seem like an immovable implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push—in just the right place—it can be tipped.” –Malcolm Gladwell

Keep pushing and keep growing. Our potential is unlimited. Together, we can truly seize our vision, “Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow!” –Melvin J. Brown

 


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