Today is the annual Catholic Schools convocation, when school leaders, principals and pastors of parish-based schools gather at the Pastoral Center to get inspiration and information about what is happening in Catholic schools these days and the vision and direction going forward.
As we blogged about yesterday, we assume that a full report on the results of the Campaign for Catholic Schools 2010 Initiative is part of the agenda, given it is now 2011 and the campaign should be complete.
But people have a lot of other questions about what is happening in the schools, especially given the $325,000 salary of Schools Superintendent, Mary Grassa O’Neill, combined salaries of about $1 million for her and her team of assistant superintendents, and total 2010 Catholic School central administration expenditures of about $1.4M according to the 2010 Central Ministries Budget.
As blog reader, A.J. Constantino and others have asked about in the past on the blog, we will be all ears to hear if they discuss basics today like the following:
- Mission Statement of the Office of Catholic Schools for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Does that mission state a prime commitment to the authentic teachings of our Catholic faith? (BCI: or are we building schools to “rebuild the faith,” as Jack says, which are really more like academically excellent public schools with a “Catholic” name?)
- What initiatives are Dr. O’Neill and her team developing? Why are they being developed? How do they strengthen our schools?
- What resources (human and monetary) are in place to support these initiatives?
- What are the goals, what is the plan, what actions or steps will be taken to meet the goals, and how all of the steps and goals measured?
In addition, other readers would like to know how the superintendent verifies the Catholic identity is maintained in the schools, a canonical responsibility of the archbishop. What happens when it is not maintained? What has the archdiocese done over the past 4 months to address the concerns about Catholic identity at Sacred Heart High School in Kingston as described here?
Those questions are the accountability that the people of God, pastors, school leaders, and donors should expect answers to–especially when $1.4M+ in donor contributions are funding the Catholic Schools.
We could not make today’s session due to other commitments, so whoever attends today, please drop us a line and let us know how many of these questions are answered.