Superintendent Information

Superintendent Information




As Superintendent, I am pleased to announce that Ritchie County Schools will be open for business on Thursday, August 15th!  Reflecting on my first year as your Superintendent, as a collective team we made a concerted effort to examine and evaluate every facet of how our school system was functioning.  Last year was truly a learning process for all of us and an opportunity for our leadership at the district and school level to revisit processes and functions of our system.  I am confident we will begin this school year in a much better place and ready for the work that lies ahead.  Aristotle reminds us that “We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit!”  With that in mind, this year we will focus on three principles of operation; be disciplined in thoughts and actions, have a growth mindset, and have an attitude of gratitude!  I have learned over the years that culture not strategies or programs determines student success.  As such, under my leadership we will continue the work of fostering a culture where there are high expectations by ALL for ALL!   We must be intentional and purposeful in how we operate.  We must seek first to understand and, in all things, be student centered.  I have asked our employees that when we find ourselves in challenging situations, to not say “why me” say “try me”!    

Personally, this will be my 51st 1st day of school and I still get excited for the start of a new year.  I have been either going to school or working in public education for 51 years.  I firmly embrace the belief there is no greater gift that can be bestowed upon a young child than an education that has the potential to open doors for a lifetime.  As public educators we have a profound responsibility to be student centered in every decision we make.  I am sincerely appreciative and grateful for the opportunity to be part of your child’s life.  


Jim Brown, Superintendent of Schools


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