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20 Years of Successful Catholic School Consolidation Kenith Britt, President Rev. William Felix, Pastor Rusty Volk, Director of Development.

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1 20 Years of Successful Catholic School Consolidation Kenith Britt, President Rev. William Felix, Pastor Rusty Volk, Director of Development

2 The myths of school consolidation History of Chippewa Area Catholic Schools Leadership/Governance Relationships and collaboration System planning Development and public relations Recommendations Questions/Comments Catholic School Consolidation

3 Myth 1: Consolidating Catholic schools will save money. Myth 2: Laypeople will be able to run the system and Father will no longer have control. Myth 3: Major donors are more willing to give to a system. Myth 4: A system will eliminate competition between Catholic schools. Myths of school consolidation

4 Chippewa Area Catholic Schools 1880’s-1980’s – 3 K-8 parish schools – 1 central high school (parish high school through 1964) Investigation for consolidation began in (Educational Task Force) – Financial problems – Inconsistencies – Enrollment declines

5 CACS Established Fall 1987 – St. Charles Borromeo (primary) – Holy Ghost (intermediate) – Notre Dame (middle) – McDonell Central Catholic (high) Chippewa Area Catholic Schools

6 Diocese (diagram) (diagram) – Bishop (Canon 806) – Diocesan Policy for Catholic Schools – Superintendent/Director of Catholic Schools Pastoral Authority – Dean – Pastors of supporting parishes President (central administrative staff) Principals Education Commission/School Advisory Board Leadership/Governance

7 Relationships and Collaboration Parish and parish schools Parish and unified school systems Parish/Pastoral relationships Finance structure of the Church – Diocesan funding sources Diocesan annual appeal Diocesan capital campaign Cathedraticum (Annual Parish Assessment)

8 Relationships and Collaboration Finance structure of the Church (cont.) – Catholic school system funding Parish subsidy Parish building maintenance Tuition and fees Third-source income (development, foundations, fundraising, etc.) – Parish budget Collections Other sources

9 12-18 month process (or more) Acknowledge the challenges (real) – Demographic trends (i.e., population, industry, etc.) Resources: baptisms, government, education, chamber – Enrollment history/projections Catholic and public schools – Surveys Internal and external – Student/financial data Resources: test scores, budgets, salary scales System Planning

10 Stakeholder participation (Educational Task Force) – Pastors/parishes – Faculty and staff – Parents – Community/Benefactors – Diocese Formulating the plan Communicating the vision – Town hall meetings – Parish meetings – Development

11 Development defined – Relationship building – People to people Director of Development School System development Development plan Public relations program – Marketing – Communication Development and Public Relations

12 Recommendations Leadership/Governance – Defined/Accountable – Competent and sophisticated Relationships and Collaboration – Pastors/Parishes – Faculty/Staff – Families – Community/Benefactors – Diocese

13 Recommendations System Planning – Strategic – Financial – Transparent Development and Public Relations – Education – Communication – Relationship building

14 Wrap up! Questions/Comments

15 Chippewa Area Catholic Schools 1316 Bel Air Blvd. Chippewa Falls, WI Thank you! Contact Information


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