Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent's Corner

A Message from Superintendent Melvin J. Brown

June 3, 2020

Dear Reynoldsburg City Schools Families and Community,

I have been very hesitant to make a statement during this time of chaos and despair because I truly needed to find the right words to speak from my heart and not from raw emotions. I am sure we can all agree that 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year thus far. We are battling COVID-19 and, consequently, our lives have been impacted and altered in myriad ways. Over the course of the last two weeks, I have felt sadness and anger and have been frustrated by the images of senseless brutality perpetrated by those who were sworn to protect and serve the citizens of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Louisville, Kentucky. Over the course of the past week, I have been discouraged by the civil unrest of violent rioters pretending to be protesters. I have also been angered by the mere fact that the protesting is necessary.

I am deeply troubled by what has transpired in America and, as a Black man, I live each day in fear of how this country feels about me, my Black son, and my Black daughters. I have so many doubts whether the system is designed to protect my family and me. I wonder why this country that I love does not love me back. I have to constantly remind myself of my worth and that of people who look like me. That saddens me greatly.

In concert with those feelings, like you, I am quite confused and perplexed by where we are. I know that many will not understand the motivation of the protesters and will confuse the rioters’ actions with those who are protesting peacefully as is their right granted by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

My pain is immense today and I am not OK. I am not comfortable. I am not content with what we have become and how we view each other. I am angry. I am fearful. I am suspicious. I am sad. I think about Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and George Floyd in Minnesota, among a litany of other names and how any of them could have been a relative or close friend, or perhaps even me.

Nevertheless, as Superintendent of Reynoldsburg City Schools, I feel the immense pressure to stay strong and to answer questions. I feel the responsibility to speak out and voice my opinion. I have the urge to take action. I feel the responsibility to provide perspective for others and to explain the impact of these times to provide some solace for those who are struggling emotionally. However, to achieve real and lasting progress, we have to do so together. We are more similar than we are different.

I do not have all the answers and it will take much more than my words and my actions. We know that blatant discrimination is present in every public entity of our society and we know that educational systems are not exempt from that reality. We, as educators, have a moral obligation to dismantle any discriminatory policies, practices, and protocols that we have adopted.

While this country was founded on the ideals of free speech and assembly, we should express ourselves respectfully and without hate. We must not tolerate racism, threats, intimidation, or violence of any sort and reject those who purvey such beliefs. When one of us suffers, we all suffer. As a community, we must fight to eliminate bigotry and racism, not only within our schools and our city, but within our state, country, and world. We must condemn any intolerance or violence. We must rely on our partners such as first responders, city officials, business owners, and community members to work together to ensure tolerance and safety are a first priority within our District. We teach our children kindness, respect, acceptance, inclusiveness and appreciation for all humankind. We must set an example for them.

I greatly appreciate your support for our community and for the students of our school district. I look forward to engaging with you to discuss difficult issues and to bring positive change to our society. I look forward to strengthening our collaboration in working to do what is right for our students and for our community. We are always stronger…together.

Sincerely, 

MJB 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 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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