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 L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Officer Against Drugs) selects Clayton as School of the Month

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 L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Officer Against Drugs) selects Clayton as School of the Month

 

Clayton Police Department has been selected by the L.E.A.D. organization to be featured in their upcoming April Newsletter.  L.E.A.D. staff advised that the Clayton Police Department was selected because of their dedication, enthusiasm, and desire to make a positive impact on their community.

Chief Andrew Davis of the Clayton Police Department, upon being sworn into office in August of 2016, immediately worked to put a proven educational program in place at Clayton Public Schools.  The Program selected was L.E.A.D.  L.E.A.D. not only addresses educating school age children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol but also about a variety of other dangers that face kids every day, such as peer pressure and bullying.  L.E.A.D. is the only proven effective K-12 drug and violence prevention curriculum taught by law enforcement in NJ.

The Program was supported and endorsed by Superintendant Nick Koutsogiannis, Herma Simmons Elementary Principal Scott Uribe, Clayton Mayor Thomas Bianco along with Clayton’s other Council Members.  Chief Davis stated, “I am so fortunate to have such a great working relationship with these administrators.  Their passion and desire to provide the best educational experience for Clayton students is admirable.”

L.E.A.D. is currently being taught to approximately 125 5th grade students at the Herma Simmons Elementary School.  There are 4 trained LEAD Officers; Ptlm. Donavun Rhodes, Ptlm. Nicholas Carr, Ptlm. Edward Hyder, and Pltm. Eduardo Diaz.  The officers are all patrolmen who volunteered to take on the added responsibility that goes with being a LEAD officer.   Chief Davis stated, “At one time or another, officers have to teach on their days off, sacrificing their own personal and family time to teach our students.  Most of the classroom preparation also falls on the officers’ time off.  The officers’ level of dedication and commitment to the students is inspiring.”

LEAD is taught during 10 separate classroom visits by the police.  At the end of the year, a graduation celebration will take place for the students that have completed the program.  The Clayton Police Department is currently in the process of hiring a SLEO-3 officer (School Resource Officer).  The Police Department hopes to expand the program to the 8th grade level once the SLEO-3 officer is hired and trained.

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

CLAYTON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
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 

FORWARD 2021

 

 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

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

Cafeteria

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

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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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Click here to download the letter (PDF)

 

 

 

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