Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent's Corner

Happy New Year from Superintendent Brown

January 7, 2019

Dear Reynoldsburg City Schools’ Families, Staff and Students,

I would like to take a moment to say Happy New Year and welcome to 2019. We had a very eventful first half of the school year and we have a lot of work to do as we head into the second half. As we returned from Winter Break on January 2, I had the opportunity to talk with our staff about our mission, vision, and plans for Reynoldsburg City Schools’ future during our Winter Academy, a professional learning day for our administrators, teachers, and staff. In this, I provided an overview of what we will look to employ for the future for our District.

Earlier in the school year, we adopted the Mission Statement, Empowering leaders who impact the NOW and innovate the FUTURE. The term “leaders” is very important for us as we take the leadership development of our staff and students very seriously. We recognize that, while we as the adults, are charged to lead and propel the District forward, our students also have a responsibility for being part of that leadership. They have incredible ideas and insight that can help us to be more successful in our daily endeavors. They, too, have ideas about how they want our District to grow and improve and they also know what many of their needs are as students and community members. We have four focus areas that capture our District Vision Statements (available on reyn.org) and each of those areas is as follows: Student Learning, Student Experience, Communication, and Finance. A keen focus on each of those areas will guide our work as we look to embrace continuous improvement. We will use each of these focus areas to craft goals and action steps associated with the completion of our Strategic Plan.

We are in the process of creating what we call, a Portrait of a Reynoldsburg Graduate. This will be a comprehensive view of skills and experiences that every graduate will possess before they walk across the stage to receive their high school diplomas. We understand that this portrait is and must be impacted by the entire K-12 experience that our students receive.

We are also looking at what the high school experience looks like for incoming freshmen. While we create a Portrait of Reynoldsburg Graduate, we need to ensure that we are working to meet the needs of our rising ninth graders as they transition into high school. We want to make high school a successful experience for all four years and to provide consistent, collective support for each and every student. We will do this through The 9X Impact, an experience that will ensure our children are high school ready, future focused, inspired to making an academy choice and socially and emotionally ready for high school and beyond.

We are working to align all of our efforts for the benefit of students, including how we can better articulate our programming from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Each grade is a building block in a student’s academic experience and they work together to foster productive and successful learning. 

The use of time is important to our academic success. We are in the process of reviewing how well we use our daily schedules to increase opportunities for students in and outside of the classroom. Examining our use of teacher collaboration time can result in more purposeful opportunities for teacher planning, varied academic experiences for students, and additional flexibility and creativity for teachers.

Finally, we know that we must be more mindful of the social and emotional needs of our students. Mental health, anti-bullying, and student support mechanisms are not measured on a report card, but we know that a failure to address these types of needs will result in the lack of success of far too many students.

As we look out three to five years into our future, we have to be considerate of our continued emphasis on financial planning as well as building space usage and allocation. The District is growing and that is a wonderful problem to have. Two major issues that we must tackle in our not too distant future are Full Day Kindergarten and expanded Preschool Opportunities. We will have much more discussion about these future initiatives as we go forward.

Change is good and we are definitely in an era of change. As we work towards the future, we cannot remain stagnant or the evolution of our District will be stunted. We will seek input and support from our community, staff, and students. As we work to address the needs of all of our students, we also intend to ensure that Reynoldsburg City Schools is an innovative place to learn and it is recognized not only in Ohio, but nationwide.

I look forward to sharing additional thoughts and working with you all in the coming months. Here is to an exciting and energetic 2019. I am, and remain always, #reynproud!

Sincerely,

MJB Electronic Signature 

Melvin J. Brown
Superintendent
Reynoldsburg City Schools

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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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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 

"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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