Reynoldsburg City Schools Parents, Students and Community Members,
As we start a new school year, and I reflect back on my first year
as Superintendent, I am reminded of where our country was 12 months ago. Hatred
was threatening to tear our society apart during the incidents in
Charlottesville, VA and we had to decide who we are as a people. In a climate of
angst, negative discourse, and disrespect, we will continue to condemn
intolerance and violence and encourage teaching kindness, respect, acceptance,
inclusiveness, and appreciation for all humankind as we welcome our kids back
to school. As a District, there will always be work to do to change behavior, to
establish firm guidelines and expectations, and to instill a sense of humanity
and compassion in our students and we are excited to do that work.
If you watch the news or are active on social media, you will see
that some subscribe to the notion that if two people do not share the same
opinion, then they have to be combative. We cannot be so quick to judge and,
while there may a level of discord, it should not impact how we treat each
other within our community.
The bottom line is, at the end of the day, we must be advocates
for our children, and despite whatever ills we must confront, Reynoldsburg is
and will continue to provide a supportive environment for all of our students.
They deserve a positive atmosphere where they can grow and learn so they can
thrive and be the positive contributors to our society that I know they can be.
We can still express ourselves respectfully, without hate or
intolerance. As a community, I feel that we understand this premise and we
appreciate the need to come together as a community and remain supportive of
Be proud of who you are and of what you contribute to our
I am proud of the work we have done and we must continue to rely
on our partners such as first responders, city officials, and community members
to work with us to ensure that we foster an environment of openness,
inclusiveness, and human kindness. A human being can learn, love, and live such
qualities as honestly, equality, respect, truth, and appreciation. I look
forward to welcoming our students this week and am excited to help mold them
into citizens of the world, to do good, not only for themselves and their
community, but for their world.
Together, we remain #reynproud!
Melvin J. Brown
Reynoldsburg City Schools
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