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CUYAHOGA FALLS -- As the city school district's search for a treasurer continues, it now has to start looking for a new deputy superintendent.
Melvin Brown, the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools' second in command since 2015, announced he is leaving to accept the position of superintendent of Reynoldsburg City Schools. Brown said Reynoldsburg is awarding him a three-year contract with a starting annual salary of $165,000. His current salary with Cuyahoga Falls is $112,500, he said.
Brown said the Reynoldsburg School Board used the firm Finding Leaders of Independence in its search for the right person for the job. He said the field was narrowed down to six applicants. Then it was trimmed to two, and then one: Melvin Brown.
Once Reynoldsburg had officially announced he was their new superintendent on April 6, Brown said, he notified the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education and then met with the district's central office staff to let them know. Then he sent a note out to the administrators and then the entire district.
"I try to be very calculating, if you will, about how we put that kind of information out so the right people know first and we follow channels," he said.
Brown said he will not start his new job any earlier than Aug. 1, the first day of his new contract, but he will have several consultation days in Reynoldsburg between May 1 and July 31.
"I'm excited about it," he said about this career move. "It's a district I'm interested in working with. The diversity and innovation they have put into their schools and types of things they want to do for their kids excites me."
Reynoldsburg School Board President Joe Begeny said he was impressed by Brown during interviews. "Melvin just came in and lit up the room," Begeny said. "He has a passion for education and building relationships. Our district is looking forward to that and to focusing on education once again."
Begeny said Reynoldsburg educators look at themselves as "trailblazers, especially when it comes to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) programming from elementary all the way up to high school."
With a student population of approximately 7,200, Brown said, Reynoldsburg is a larger school district than Cuyahoga Falls, which he said is currently at 4,700 students. It's also a "very diverse" district, he added.
"It's the type of district I'm interested in working with long-term and having the opportunity to lead it is phenomenal."
Brown said he is going to miss the people he's worked with in Cuyahoga Falls. "I grew so fond of the staff here," he said. "They welcomed me in as someone from somewhere else (Virginia) and made me feel like one of the family, never making me feel unwelcome I adore the people here."
Brown joined the district in 2014 as an interim human resources director. Prior to that time, he served as a regional vice president for the charter school company Mosaica located near Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for 22 schools and 22,000 students in the eastern part of the United States.