Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent's Corner

A Spring Message from Superintendent Melvin J. Brown
April 9, 2019

Dear Reynoldsburg City Schools’ Families and Community, 

The beginning of spring is upon us and, with that, comes warmer temperatures, heightened anxiousness as we head toward the end of the school year, and testing season. State testing will consume much of our instructional day through the spring. While we all have our opinions about testing, we also concede that it has its place. We have to prepare our students well and expect them to do their absolute best. It is one measure of their progress and our effectiveness.

We are very excited to embark upon the next phase of The 9X Impact. Construction and refurbishing of the Livingston Campus is in process. Lockers are being removed, as our kids do not use them, wooden benches will be added to improve the atmosphere and space usage, new paint is in the works, and collaborative work spaces are being created. The incredible thing about all of this is that there will be no disruption to our Summer School and Summer Food Programs.

I am also excited to partner with our community to explore the creation of an education foundation under the leadership of Mrs. Dunlap, Vice President of our Board of Education. This venture which will be an independent, non-profit organization, will work in tandem with our District to provide grants and scholarships to students and teachers. As you know, we are a “capped” district, which means we do not receive about $5.8M per year which is promised to us under the current funding formula. The creation of an education foundation will bring our community together to support our children in the District and serve as an advocate for public education. 

I hope you were able to join us for our screening of Angst, a documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety. We invited the entire Reynoldsburg community to view this film spurred by one of our priorities—social and emotional health and well-being. The film included interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a special message from Olympian Michael Phelps. We were also able to interview the makers of the film and that interview, along with more information and resources, is posted on our website, www.reyn.org. The screening was then followed with a Q & A panel discussion with our counselors. We plan to have more community events focusing on topics and issues our students are faced with in the future.

In the meantime, after an extremely successful Winter Sports season, we are gearing up for our Spring Sports. Our Robotics Team is in competition mode and we have art shows and theater productions at every level throughout the District. We look forward to seeing you out at the many events that take place in our schools and are excited to have you to participate. There is so much to celebrate about our District and we hope that you will take full advantage to participate. We strive every day to foster a unified sense of pride and, as always, I am #reynproud!

Sincerely,

MJB Signature 

Melvin J. Brown
Superintendent
Reynoldsburg City Schools

Click here to read a PDF of the letter. 

Applications Available for SSAC
2018-19 SSAC Group
Calling all RCS Students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors next school year!
 
Applications are now available to join Superintendent Brown's Student Advisory Council. The Council meets six times per year to work with the Superintendent and members of his Executive Cabinet to advise, provide feedback and present viable solutions on District Programs and Initiatives. 
 
If you will be a sophomore, junior or senior next school year,  (2019-20) and this sounds like something you would like to be involved in, we want to hear from you! 
 
 
 
SSAC Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 29, 2019. Only complete applications, emailed to Valerie Wunder, Communications Director, will be considered. 
 
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About Mr. Brown
Melvin J. Brown, Superintendent

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 19 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 is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Studies, Educational Administration at The Ohio State University.

Email: Melvin.Brown@reyn.org

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“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 

"It is our responsibility to change the world and to prepare our students to be prepared to change it again. Never underestimate the power of our influence. Our students want our guidance...even when they don’t." #reynproud — Melvin J. Brown 

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