One of the primary functions of a Parish School Board is the formulation of policy. Parish school polices are established by the Archdiocesan Board of Catholic Education, however, when these policies do not adequately address a specific parish issue, the School Board is responsible for creating its own policy. More specifically, the purpose of the Board is to advise Monsignor Costello, John Freitag, School Principal and Jan Hartmann, Director of Religious Education in making policy for the school and Parish School of Religion. Policy gives general direction to the administration to clarify expectations for students, parents and teachers. An example of this is the School Handbook. Adherence to this type of policy reduces subjectivity and inconsistency. Additional policies recently enacted by the Parish Board of Education include development of a cell phone and electronic device policy and an admissions policy that sets selection criteria for incoming students and families.
Policy does not control or supervise administration, deal with personnel issues, resolve problems after the fact or address isolated cases or petty items.
The Board usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Msgr. Deutschmann room in Ursuline Hall. Meetings are open to the parish community to listen to the discussion. The Board has an open forum for the first 10 minutes of each meeting to allow guests to freely express issues of concern about the school or PSR programs they may have. Please send your request to Courtney Dunn, Board President at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than two days prior to the meeting. As an additional means to keep you informed, the agenda and minutes of the meetings are posted below. We welcome hearing your ideas about ways you think the school or PSR programs can be improved and look forward to being of service to you.