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Strategic Plan 2019-2025

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Mission Statement

Clarkston Community Schools creates a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.

Vision Statement

Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams.

2019-2025 Strategic Plan Goals & Strategies

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Whole Person Development

We are committed to creating a culture of well-being for all.

Goal 1: We will improve the overall well-being of staff, students and families.

  • Address the needs of each person's healthiest self: emotional, physical, environmental and social wellness; and disease prevention.
  • Continue successful programs and create and implement new programs to support well-being. 
  • Communicate current resources and programs clearly to all stakeholders.

Goal 2: We will create learning environments that improve the success and safety for all - intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

  • Continue and implement programs and policies to prevent abuse, bullying violence and social exclusion, build social connections and promote positive mental and emotional health.
  • Continue and implement programs to identify risks and early indicators of mental, emotional and behavioral needs among youth and to refer youth with such needs to appropriate services. 
  • Ensure students have access to comprehensive health services, including mental health and counseling services.

Goal 3: We will create and expand school and community partnerships.

  • Continue, expand, and create new successful community partnerships to support well-being.
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Foundational & Academic Skills
Our students have secure foundational and academic skills that connect them with their world. 

Goal 1: We will increase student academic and dispositional skills.

  • Empower instructional staff to use best practices, ensuring student growth.
  • Implement programs for developing social emotional learning. 
  • Create curriculum consistency.

Goal 2: We will grow our understanding and appreciation of one another.

  • Acknowledgement of cultural relevance will be evident in our practices and resources

Goal 3: We will revise our thinking and learning based upon ongoing reflection and feedback.

  • Align our philosophy, practices and use of data. 
  • Effectively communicate student growth.
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Student-Focused Learning

We create authentic relationships with students to support their unique interests and abilities through personalized learning experiences.

Goal 1: We will increase ways for students to demonstrate mastery of essential learning.

  • Identify essential curriculum.
  • Identify what constitutes mastery learning.
  • Clarify how students demonstrate mastery.

Goal 2: We will develop meaningful relationships among students, staff, and families.

  • Provide opportunities to create connections between staff and students which will support and enhance learning (throughout a child's educational experience).
  • Develop connections which will engage families and community to enhance student learning.
  • Examine a flexible school day and year to afford students more opportunities to pursue non-academic interests.
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Future Pathways

Our students are on pathways to a future that excites them.

Goal 1: We will empower students to take ownership of their future.

  • Develop a framework for collecting, analyzing and responding to student interest, perception and outlook data.
  • Develop staff to respond to student interests.
  • Develop student self-efficacy. 

Goal 2: We will increase opportunities for students to explore and prepare for their future.

  • Develop community partnerships and experiences for all students.
  • Continuous development for curriculum integration based on student interests and workplace trends.
  • Continuous development for clubs and class offerings based on student interests and workplace trends.
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Clarkston2025: Strategic Plan Highlights

What is Strategic Planning?

During the 2018-2019 school year, Clarkston Community Schoolsl engaged in the strategic planning process of setting goals, deciding on actions to achieve those goals, and mobilizing the resources needed to take action over the next six years. Our collaborative strategic planning process ultimately produced a roadmap of measurable objectives that the district will use as a foundation for decision-making across our school system through 2025. 

This visionary plan focuses on Four Pillars of Excellence: Whole Person Development, Foundational & Academic Skills, Student-Focused Learning, and Future Pathways.

Woven throughout is our ever-present drive to provide a highly equitable learning environment for all students.

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How We Got Here

Planning Timeline

Planning Timeline

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The strategic planning process crystallized our district goals and objectives into a six-year plan that can be implemented and evaluated.  Through this process, we have charted a definite course based on strong indicators of what our school environment will be like from 2019-2025.

Process & Sequence

August 2018
  • Board Goal: "The Board of Education and administration will develop a process and framework for a multi-year strategic plan that defines the vision, purpose, values and priorities for Clarkston Community Schools. The process will engage key stakeholders in:
    • Examining the current strategic plan, mission and vision
    • Studying financial impact and timeline;
    • Outlining focus areas and priorities;
    • Selecting accountability measures; and, ultimately,
    • Defining a successful outcome of a Clarkston Community Schools education."
September/October 2018
  • Conduct environmental scan research (existing data/trends)
  • Administer community survey Oct. 19-31
  • Review and test revised mission & vision statements with stakeholders.
November/December 2018
  • Facilitate mission and vision statement workshop with Board on Nov. 12.
  • Moderated community conversations on Nov. 13, Dec. 12
  • Analyze & present survey findings and mission & vision statement recommendations at Dec. 10 Board Meeting
  • New Mission and Vision Statements approved by the Board of Education on Dec. 10.
January/February 2019
  • Plan development and revisions
March 2019
  • Small group feedback on key components of the strategic plan
  • Planning completion
April/May 2019
  • Board Workshop
  • Superintendent/Board approval
  • Deployment Plan
June-August 2019
  • Create web page and accompanying print piece
October 2019
  • Community Roll-out
  • Plan Implementation 2019-2025

Strategic Planning Team

2019-2025 Strategic Planning Team 

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Shawn Ryan, Superintendent
John Lucido, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services
Nancy Mahoney, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services
Kathy Christopher, Executive Director of Student Support Services
Lori Banaszak, Administrator of Technology Integration
Radhika Issac, Administrator of Data Structure & Analysis
Billie Pambid, Shared Services Director
Staci Puzio, Director of Student Growth and Well-Being
Mary Ellen Rowe, Marketing Director
Gary Kaul, Clarkston High School Principal
Christa Fons, Renaissance High School Principal
Adam Kern, Clarkston Junior High School Principal
Liz Walker, Sashabaw Middle School Principal
Kim Fletcher, Andersonville Elementary School Principal
Glenn Gualtieri, Bailey Lake Elementary School Principal
Brian Adams, Clarkston Elementary School Principal
Nate Fuller, Independence Elementary School Principal
Jennifer Johnson, North Sashabaw Elementary School Principal
Jodi Yeloushan, Pine Knob Elementary School Principal
Matt Gifford, Springfield Plains Elementary School Principal
Lisa Marion, Early Childhood Center Director
Tamera Conwell, Student Support Services
Ann Krause, ESL Teacher & Coordinator
Katie LaMay, Student Support Services Team Facilitator
Tina Wolverton, Early Childhood Center Teacher 
Bob Brazier, Elementary Science & Social Studies Subject Area Coordinator
Phyllis Ness, Elementary Literacy Subject Area Coordinator
Rachel Raddatz, Elementary Math Subject Area Coordinator 
Daryl Biallas, World Languages Subject Area Coordinator
Jessica Hall, Fine Arts Subject Area Coordinator 
Katie Lambert, Physical Education Subject Area Coordinator
Michael Lewis, Music Subject Area Coordinator
Christine Rogers, Academic Service Learning Coordinator 
Ron Conwell, Career & Technical Education Subject Area Coordinator
Laura Mahler, Secondary English Language Arts Subject Area Coordinator
Fawn Phillips, Secondary Science Subject Area Coordinator
Brian Pierce, Secondary Social Studies Subject Area Coordinator
Noah Sharrow, Secondary Math Subject Area Coordinator
Jennifer Biallas, Teacher
Kerry Brueck, Special Education Teacher 

Community Survey


Nancy Mahoney, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services
P: 248.623.5400

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Operational Excellence

Clarkston Community Schools is commited to top talent recruitment and development, well-maintained facilities, transparent/robust/reliable/current technology, and responsibly managed financial resources help secure and support a premium student learning environment