The parish school board consists of nine members in addition to the pastor, principal and teacher representative. Each member of the board serves a term of three (3) years, with an option to serve an additional term by request of the current board. The board’s responsibilities are in policy matters. The board is not responsible for administration or the details of administration. The board is consultative in the following sense: The members cannot act apart from the administrative team and cannot make decisions binding for the parish education program without the approval of the administrative team. In addition, the board is expected to function within the policies of the archdiocese. The areas in which the board will be consulted are:
- Planning (establishing a mission statement, goals, future plans)
- Policy development (formulating policies that give general direction for administrative action)
- Financing (including budgeting and policies for financial management)
- Development (including public relations and marketing)
- Recommendation of the selection/appointment of the principal through search committee
- Major curriculum changes, especially in the area of religious education
The full board meets every month beginning in August. Standing committees meet as needed. Special board meetings can be called by the pastor, principal or chairperson. If board meetings are attended by non-members, the board will go into executive session whenever the issues involve personnel or other confidential matters. The pastor or principal must be in attendance before executive session can take place. Advance notice should be given to parents when board meetings are to be held in executive session. The board reserves the right to go in to executive session if the matter is time sensitive. Six (6) members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business in any special or regular meeting for a nine (9) member board.
All regular meetings of the School Board are open to any parishioner or parent to attend as an observer.
Any parishioner or parent wishing to bring a matter before the board should contact any board member ten days prior to the meeting to have the item put on the agenda. The pastor, principal and chairperson decide on the appropriate nature of the item to include on the agenda or direct elsewhere.
A Message from our Chairperson
Thank you for your interest in St. Athanasius Catholic School. We are very proud of our school and the accomplishments of the current students and of our alumni. As Co-workers in faith, partners in education, the pillars of our belief as a parish include fostering community; celebrating tradition; discovering giftedness; embracing accountability; growing in the spirit. As a member of the School Board we are responsible for policy matters not the administration or details of administration which lies with the principal and pastor. We operate as a consultative body to assist the principal in achieving the goals set out in our By-Laws and Long Range Plan. The Board executes is role through their involvement on four committees which have been established to accomplish various objectives. The committees include the following:
- Public Relations
- Parent Communication
The Board cannot complete the goals of each committee without the support of the parish and family involvement. We are committed to the success of St. Athanasius, its faculty and students. We look forward to serving St. Athanasius in positively achieving its goals. Let me know if you are interested in becoming involved or if you have any questions.
School Board President
Prospective board member nominees shall meet the following criteria:
- Are members of the parish and/or parents/guardians of students. Board members are not required to have children in school
- Have interest in and commitment to Catholic education and the school’s philosophy and mission
- Are available to attend meetings and periodic in-service programs and to participate in committee work
- Maintain high levels of integrity and confidentiality
- Deal with situations as they relate to the good of the entire school community
- Are credible witnesses of the Catholic faith and/or Christian values
- Possess necessary expertise in specific areas as needed (e.g. planning, development, finance, education)
Nominations shall be accepted in late March or early April of each year.
During March, the board will invite eligible persons to place their names in nomination for elected board positions as they become vacant. Prospective board members must have the approval of the pastor and principal.
All new members are expected to attend the May school board or committee meetings for orientation purposes prior to beginning their term on August
1. Archdiocesan orientation for board members will take place at the beginning of the school year.