I would like to start my first official Superintendent’s Message with a sincere thank you to the School Board of the Brea Olinda Unified School District for giving me the privilege to join such a wonderful school district and community as Brea. Additionally, I would like to thank all of the past and present administrators, certificated and classified employees, students, families and Brea community supporters for the educational and civic foundation that has been laid for past, present and future students of the district.
I remember attending my first campout as a young cub scout and not fully understanding the words of our scout leader as we cleaned the campsite before leaving to come home. His simple message was “We must leave it better than we found it”. I did not understand the concept at the time believing since we were done with the campsite that we were free to go. That simple truth has resonated throughout my life in every endeavor in which I have been a part.
A school district and a community like Brea do not happen by accident. It has been the longstanding commitment of generations of men and women who have employed that simple motto and applied it to the community of Brea, the schools in Brea and to the students who have been fortunate enough to call Brea home for their education. The concept of Brea taking care of its own and always leaving things better than they found them is evident in the legacy that Brea has built. We are now the mantle holders and it is our job to meet the needs of the current generation and ready the school district for the next generation. I am excited to be a part of that process.
As I begin my tenure as the Superintendent of Brea Olinda Unified School District my commitment to you is to work every day with the idea of doing all I can for the students, employees and families of the district, while always striving to leave things better than I found them. I am committed to continue Brea’s legacy of excellence. As I learn more about the district, its successes and its needs, I will be coming to you to share the things that we need to celebrate and things we need to address moving forward.
I look forward to meeting the people who make Brea work. I will be out in the schools and in the community to see firsthand what makes Brea so special. I am excited about our partnership and I look forward to a long relationship with the community of Brea as I work to ensure Brea students have every opportunity to learn, to grow and to excel in their education.
Brad Mason, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools