Regional Schools- What_When Why_Where and How

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					Regional Schools-
What, When, Why,
Where and How?
 Kitty Schloemer and Carol Nord
      St. Nicholas Academy
       OCEA Presentation
        October 8, 2009
Catholic Schools
   are the


of the Church
Long Range Planning

(ESSENTIAL PIECE)
Factors to Consider…
   Enrollment trends
   Cost per student
   Increasing cost/Decreasing enrollment
   Funding (where does it come from?
          $ of Parish Support (%)
          Tuition Costs
          Fundraising
          Other (Financial Aid, Endowment, Grants, etc.)
Assumptions
   Parishes are not able to continue to
    support the School alone
   Diocesan support must be positive and
    vocalized publicly
   Parishes want to continue to support
    Catholic Education
Cooperate w/others in area


   Discuss trends
   Transparency
   Options
PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
  COMMUNICATE
  COMMUNICATE
  COMMUNICATE
Who decides?
   Pastors
   Parish Leadership (Parish Council,
    School Board, Finance, etc.)
   Administrators
   Diocese/Bishop approval
   Stakeholders
Guiding Principles . . .

     Quality, Affordable,
 Accessible, Least Disruptive
Possible Changes
   Do nothing (risks)

   Close Parish School

   Close Parish School and create new
    model
PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
 COMMUNICATE
 COMMUNICATE
 COMMUNICATE
Forming Regional School means . . .
   New Governance Structure
   Board of Limited Jurisdiction
   Covenant (buy in/support)
   Allows for new programs
   Utilization of resources
   Possible new sources for funding and
    enrollment
Impact on community
Grief /Loss
    Identity
    Staff Changes
    Tradition
    Trust
    Fear of the Unknown
    Physical presence of school on parish
    property
Impact on Community
Gains
 Expanded Resources

 Possible new programs

 New Traditions

 New sources of funding and enrollment

 Collaboration
COVENANT

   Establishes ability to exist
   Binding document
   Ensures support
Forming Regional Schools
   Covenant Signed by all parishes/pastors
    involved
   Covenant signed by the Bishop
   With By Laws for the Board and
    Covenant signed the new school is
    formed
Forming Regional Schools
   Best Case Scenario

Two years of planning for school to
 develop and implementation

If you do not have two years, it can be done in less
   time. Two years allow for a smoother transition and
   people to become comfortable with the new school
   and structure.
DECISIONS . . .
   Establish Board of Limited Jurisdiction
   Determine Location
   Structure of School
   Administrative/Staffing Patterns
   Academic Program
Considerations . . .
     Colors
     Name

     Mascot
Assessment of Resources
   Staff
   Furnishings
   Instructional Supplies
   Technology
   Traditions
   Athletics
   PTO
Catholic Identity
   Sacraments
    -Preparation
    -Celebration
   Religious Education
   Liturgy Celebration
   Catholic Traditions
Common Ground
How do you get there?
Common Language

Why it is so important!
Catholic Schools
    are the



 of the Church
Long Range Planning
  (Essential Piece)

				
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