Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent's Corner

A Welcome Back Message from Superintendent Melvin J. Brown

August 9, 2019

Dear Reynoldsburg City Schools Staff, Parents, Students and Community Members,

As we prepare to begin a new school year, it is remarkable to think about how much has been done and how far we have come in fulfilling a vision of opportunity for every student. Since the beginning of my first year as Superintendent, we have stressed working every day to combat inequities, to increase opportunities, and to provide a sense of connectedness within our school community. Though we have done much, there is still so much to do. As I reflect on the state of human relations in our country, I feel it necessary that you know we work tirelessly to provide safe spaces, increased engagement, and a sense of belonging for all of our students. We also want that for every adult. Although there are many forces at work that seek to highlight differences and create opposition, we will continue to work to oppose that type of thinking and action. In a societal climate of angst, negative discourse, and disrespect, we will continue to condemn intolerance and violence and support teaching kindness, respect, acceptance, inclusiveness, and appreciation for all humankind as we welcome our kids back to school. As a District, we know there will always be work to do as we all partner 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.

We recognize that not everyone agrees on everything. However, disagreement does not need to breed discord and dissension. We can work together even if we do not agree, as long as we listen, show respect, and treat everyone as the human beings that they are. No matter what, at the end of the day, we will be advocates for our children. Despite whatever ills we must confront, Reynoldsburg is providing and will continue to provide a supportive environment for all of our students. They deserve a positive atmosphere where they can grow and attain knowledge so they can thrive and be the positive contributors to our society that we expect them to be.

We can express ourselves respectfully, without hate or intolerance. As a community, I am confident that we understand this premise and we appreciate the need to come together as a community and remain supportive of each other despite any differences. Now, more than ever, is the time to show that we all are proud of who we are and of what we contribute to our community and to society at large.

I am very proud of the work we have done and we must continue to depend on partners such as our first responders, our city officials, and our community members to work with us to ensure that we foster an environment of openness, inclusiveness, and human kindness. As human being, we must learn, love, and live such qualities as appreciation, equality, honesty, respect, and truth. I cannot wait to welcome our students back and I am excited to play my role in allowing them to achieve successes, to overcome challenges, and to become positive, productive global citizens; to do good works, not only for themselves and their community, but for the entire world.

As always, I remain #reynproud and I am pleased to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year!


MJB Electronic Signature 

Melvin J. Brown
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 20 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.


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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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