Strategic Plan (2017-2020)

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Introduction

Under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, and in consultation with the leadership of the Diocese of Brooklyn, a Strategic Plan for Preserving the Vision was developed to guide the planning and implementation of strategic initiatives within the Catholic Academies in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

In 2016, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Academy was  selected to participate in a strategic planning process facilitated by Catholic Education Consultants (CEC). The Strategic Planning Committee was led by Co-Chairs Terry Quinlan, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Board Chair, and Christopher Scharbach, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Principal, and supported by Brother Ralph Darmento, FSC, representing the Diocese of Brooklyn, as well as George A. Milot, Ed.D. and Sr. Mary Anne Doyle, CSJ, Ph.D., representing CEC.

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Board members served as task force co-chairs for five domains, listed below, consisting of six to eight members that represented a broad spectrum of people including St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy administration, faculty, parents, alumni, and local business professionals, each bringing a specific expertise to the work.

  1. Catholic Identity
  2. Academic Excellence
  3. Enrollment and Marketing
  4. Finance
  5. Governance and Leadership

The St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Strategic Planning Committee approved a three-year action plan accompanying the Board-approved Strategic Plan and submitted it for approval to the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, in February of 2017. The Diocese approved the Strategic Plan in April 2017.

Methodology

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s mission statement and the work St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy completed as part of the Diocese of Brooklyn Strategic Plan for Preserving the Vision served as foundational documents for the strategic planning process.

The strategic planning goals were informed by St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy’s mission statement. Prior to completion, the plan was reviewed to ensure that the contents were in alignment with the Academy’s mission.

To begin the process, CEC conducted an initial two-hour pre-planning meeting on April 14, 2016 with the school leadership. The purpose of this meeting was to review the scope of the engagement and the methodology, as well as to discuss roles and responsibilities. Brother Ralph presented guidelines for recruiting and selecting individuals to serve on the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) for each Academy. Members of the SPC would also serve as the co-chairs of the five domain task forces. Academy leadership also identified co-chairs of the SPC, responsible for receiving and distributing work product drafts and feedback from the consultants.

On September 17, 2016 CEC conducted a two-hour Strategic Planning Launch Meeting. Participants included approximately 10 – 12 SPC participants. The St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy SPC consisted of 12 individuals representing school leadership, Board members, and current faculty who served as co-chairs of the following domain task forces: Catholic identity; academic excellence; enrollment and marketing; governance and leadership; finance and development.

At this launch meeting, an outline of the purpose of strategic planning and the steps of the strategic planning process were presented. The roles and responsibilities of the domain task force co-chairs as well as the role and expectations of the domain task force members were explained and discussed. The co-chairs of each domain task force were directed to invite four to six members representing a broad spectrum of people with domain specific expertise to serve on each task force, such as board members, administration, faculty, parents, alumni, and local business professionals. CEC provided materials to assist the co-chairs in preparing to lead their first domain task force meeting and also provided in-service regarding the writing of goals. Due dates for submission of goals by each domain task force and a project schedule to complete the overall planning process were established.

The co-chairs assembled their domain task forces and began meeting. Each task force met at least twice between meetings of the SPC. CEC met with the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy SPC four times between September 17, 2016 and February 11, 2017. Prior to an SPC meeting, each domain task force submitted work products (goals, objectives, action plans) to CEC for review and feedback to ensure consistency, identify redundancies or gaps across domains, and raise questions for consideration.

At the first meeting on October 29, 2016 with the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy SPC, domain goals were refined and finalized. CEC then provided an in-service on the process for writing objectives and guided the SPC to begin writing objectives for each domain goal. Specific writing tasks were assigned and a due date for submission to CEC identified.

On December 10, 2016 CEC met with the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy SPC to refine and finalize objectives. CEC provided an in-service on the process for writing action steps and guided the SPC to begin writing action steps for each objective. Specific writing tasks were assigned and a due date for submission to CEC identified.

A final review of all goals, objectives and action steps was facilitated by CEC in consultation with the respective Domain Task Force chairpersons on February 11, 2017. At this meeting, the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy SPC approved the three-year action plan and it is presented here for approval by the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Thomas Chadzutko.

Domain Task Force Membership

This section recognizes the co-chairs for each domain task force and the Strategic Planning Committee co-chairs. The St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy community and stakeholders owe a debt of gratitude to these individuals who generously gave of their time and talent to plan for the ongoing vitality of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. They are commended for their work and commitment.

Strategic Planning Committee

Terry Quinlan

Chris Scharbach

Catholic Identity

Sr. Pat Bracken

Anne Marie Greene

Academic Excellence

Ann Cordes

Amanda Finlayson

Enrollment and Marketing

Tim McElhinney

Patrick Minson

Governance and Leadership

Desi McGowan

Rori Martello

Finance and Development

Marguerite Kazalski

Bill Lavin

Diocese of Brooklyn

Brother Ralph Darmento, FSC

Catholic Education Consultants

George A. Milot, Ed.D.

Sr. Mary Anne Doyle, CSJ, Ph.D. Mrs. Kathleen Simpson, M.Ed.