Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent's Corner

A Thanksgiving Message from Superintendent Brown
November 24, 2020
 
Dear Raider Family,
 
As we each finalize our preparations for a Thanksgiving holiday unlike we have ever experienced before, I want to encourage you to take a moment of pause to reflect before your socially-distanced and virtual festivities begin. 
 
At times, the daily pressure of the pandemic and the onslaught of nonstop news this year has overwhelmed many of us. Still, we have much for which to be thankful. The process of giving thanks is a powerful one because it can help us harness the power of positive thinking. As an educator, I believe our minds are capable of guiding us to new heights and we each have the superpower to channel positivity as we reflect on this year and this season, even with all of its challenges, change and grief. 
 
I am and will forever be grateful to the staff at Reynoldsburg City Schools for their creative energy and willingness to do the hard work to make learning possible for our students. Our team has continued to step up and selflessly care for the social, emotional and academic needs of our students with each new development, and there have been many. 
 
I am also grateful for the challenges that have come our way this year because it has shown each of us that we can overcome hard or difficult moments. In our very own community, I have seen caring and supportive neighbors and family members willing to lend a hand to those in need, no matter their race, religion or financial background. It is seeing these acts of kindness that restore my faith in humanity. The continued support of our students, staff and schools by our community is humbling and we are deeply appreciative. 
 
Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reposition our perspective and choose to focus on the good things happening and the supportive people around us. We can give thanks while also recognizing the difficulties we have experienced and how we’ve grown as individuals and a district as a result. Our students and staff often talk about embracing a growth mindset - it’s the idea that we all have the opportunity to look at a tough situation as an opportunity for growth and improvement.
 
Over the next few days, please take some time for yourselves. Practice self-care. This pandemic has affected many of us physically, but it is also affecting us mentally. Isolation, especially for our elderly community members or those who live alone is a test of strength and resilience. I encourage us all to use this time to write letters, make phone calls or FaceTime with the people we love and cherish as much as possible. We all deserve a break and a dose of positivity. 
 
Raiders, have a safe and restful Thanksgiving and let’s come back to our remote learning after this break ready to tackle the last weeks of 2020 with renewed energy and positivity. You can, have, and will do amazing things this year! 
 
Sincerely,
MJB Electronic Signature
Melvin J. Brown
 Superintendent
 Reynoldsburg City Schools

About Dr. Brown
Melvin J. Brown, Superintendent

Dr. 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.

Dr. Brown has 22 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. Dr. Brown holds an Ed.D. in Educational Studies, Educational Administration from The Ohio State University. He also 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.

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