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Forward 2021 Strategic Plan Letter to the Community (8/29/2017)

Office of the Superintendent
350 East Clinton Street, Clayton NJ 08312 

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis                                                                Phone:            856-881-8700
Superintendent of Schools                                                                 Fax:               856-863-8196 



 Dear Faculty, Parents, and Community Members:

The Clayton Public School District is about to embark on Forward 2021, a strategic planning initiative that engages employees, parents, students, community members, business owners, and government leaders in the future planning of our school system. This collaborative planning process will result in a three-year plan that will begin in July 2018 and will focus the District’s efforts and financial resources on mutually determined goals that support the needs of our students and the District as a whole.

Strategic planning will begin with a first meeting to discuss the District’s accomplishments, successes, and traditions that instill in us a sense of pride. A second meeting will focus participants on the expectations and needs which represent and reflect every aspect of the Clayton Public School District. The last meeting will provide participants an opportunity to define action steps critical in meeting the community’s goals and expectations by the year 2021. Details of the meetings can be found below.

Date Time Place Meeting Theme
October 4, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Clayton High School


Points of Pride
November 15, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Clayton High School


Expectations for the Future
December 6, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Clayton High School


Creating an Action Plan

There is increasing pressure on our students to compete with 21st century skills. Forward 2021 allows us to identify opportunities during these challenging times and focus all of the community’s resources toward common goals. I invite you to join with the Board of Education, our faculty and staff, and all those who have a vested interest in the success of the Clayton Public School District as we begin this journey forward towards 2021.

Sincerely yours,

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools
Clayton Public School District



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Clayton celebrates school’s new performing arts center

Clayton celebrates school’s new performing arts center

Clayton School District held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community concert as its first official event to celebrate the opening of a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. Superintendent Nick Koutsogiannis, Board of Education President Anthony Grafton, and seniors from the choir and band helped cut the ribbon to officially open the center.

“This a great opportunity for not only our students to showcase their talents but the community as a whole,” says Koutsogiannis. “For our high school students to say they finally have an auditorium instills a great sense of pride.”

Choir Director Sarah Mickle began the ceremony by leading the choir in the singing of the school alma mater followed by the cutting of the ribbon. After comments by Koutsogiannis and Grafton, the choir and band each performed songs. The ceremony concluded with a combined performance of the two groups and closing comments from Mickle and Band Director Dave Dashefsky.

The Performing Arts Center was part of the Bond Referendum, which was passed last year by the town.

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Staff Member Honored For Sports Hall of Fame

Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame: A Look Back on the Career of Dan Antonelli

The Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame will induct 12 new honorees on Tuesday, March 28, at Auletto’s Sunset Balltoom in Almomesson.

Inductees in the Class of 2017 include: Dan Antonelli (Clayton), John Yowler (Gloucester Catholic), Robert Eck (Pitman), Joe Cipriano (Delsea), Christian Lynch (Kingsway), Terry Jefferys-Jacobs (Woodbury), Ginny Migliore-Murphy (Washington Twp.), Mike Lamb (Rowan College at Gloucester County), Karl Neiswender (Clearview), Bill Henry (Gateway), Linda Decker (West Deptford), and Typhanie Bates (Williamstown).

Tickets for the 37th Annual Banquet are available by calling Hall of Fame President Gus Ostrum at (609) 502-0424.

Today, we look back on the career of Clayton’s Dan Antonelli.

Dan Antonelli

A graduate of Delsea High School, Antonelli currently serves as Athletic Director at Clayton, where he has promptly rebuilt the Clipper programs into of South Jersey’s best small-school programs.

For 22 years, Antonelli served as the school’s wrestling coach and earned over 300 wins, several division titles and a District 29 championship over Paulsboro and Clearview. He successfully merged his program with a struggling Glassboro program to boost both programs.

He has helped to rebuild successful boys and girls basketball teams as well as a winning football program. Antonelli also coached boys soccer at Clayton for 11 years and the athletic fields at the school are named after him.

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