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Strategic Plan 2018-2023

In March 2018, a survey was sent to all district families, staff, community members for their input on the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan and its development. The opportunity to take the survey was also posted to the district website, social media platforms and on TAP Into Nutley. A copy of the April 2018 presentation on the survey results can be found here.

Based on the 847 survey responses, five focus areas rose to the top: Curriculum and Programs; Health and Wellness; Configuration and Infrastructure; Safety and Security and Communications. Meetings were held, and open to the public, in May and June of 2018. It became clear that the communications area was not a standalone committee, but rather served the Strategic Plan and district better if it became part of each focus area.

In the summer of 2018, the district’s Administration Team met, with each member joining one of our four Action Teams:


Configuration and Infrastructure

Curriculum and Programs

Health and Wellness

Safety and Security


The early stages of the plan were presented at the August 27th Board of Education meeting. The presentation can be found here.

An update on year one progress and year two goals was presented at the July 22, 2019 Board of Education meeting. It can be found here. 

Value Statements

We Value:

  • challenges that foster curiosity, growth, and confidence.
  • integrity in person, action, and process.
  • safe, inspirational communities.
  • respectful, supportive, resourceful, and independent citizens.
  • persistent, collaborative, open communicators.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Nutley Public Schools is to challenge, inspire, and empower students to become creative, confident, passionate, self-directed citizens who actively and purposefully contribute in our global society.


Vision Statement

The Nutley Public School system is a sustainable, integrated, efficient, and innovative school district that serves as the unifying and driving force in the community’s effort to affect measurable growth as students develop into confident, responsible, productive, self-directed citizens who pursue excellence through personal, research-based, rigorous learning toward district established standards that fosters an on-going pursuit of excellence.



Behaviors that we want to ensure are part of our culture.

We will:

  • Establish open and continuous communication to engage all stakeholders in the process of achieving our objectives.
  • Inspire and energize students, staff, and all other members of our community to embrace, commit to, and collectively work towards achieving each of our strategic objectives.
  • Identify and utilize active partnerships with community organizations to support the achievement of our objectives.
  • Utilize only the existing resources that support student achievement and acquire new resources necessary to satisfy our objectives.



Behaviors we want to ensure are not part of our culture.

We will not:

  • Continue to utilize resources or processes or promote beliefs that do not support student achievement.
  • Implement new programs or services without the necessary professional development and support.
  • Allow ineffective past practice to interfere with the consideration of new ideas.
  • Pursue changes in policy or practice without defining what the change is, why it is necessary, who is responsible for its implementation and when it will be accomplished.



The Nutley School District serves approximately 4,100 students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The five elementary schools serve students K-6 and include Lincoln School, Radcliffe School, Spring Garden School, Washington School and Yantacaw School. John H. Walker Middle School serves students in grades 7-8 while Nutley High School addresses the needs of students in grades 9-12.