Diocesan Board of Education
Diocese of Belleville
A CONSULTATIVE BOARD-ELEMENTARY
The board is related to two other groups in the parish setting: the parish pastoral council and the parish finance council.
The parish pastoral council is responsible for assisting the pastor in providing the establishment of parish goals and programming. The consultative school board works in the context of the parish's mission statement, programs, and parish policies which are established by the pastor and the parish pastoral council. It is the responsibility of the board to bring to the attention of the parish pastoral council all those matters which are broader than the education programs for which the board is responsible. The board should provide a regular means of communication with the parish pastoral council about educational programming, accomplishments, and needs.
The parish finance council is responsible for assisting the pastor in administering the temporal goods of the parish. The consultative school board is governed by the financial policies which are established by the finance committee. It provides information about educational needs and programming to the finance committee and requests parish funds through the mechanism established by the parish finance committee. The school board does not have responsibility for determining the amount of parish funds in support of the education programs; however, it is the primary advocacy group for parish funding of the education programs, and it has responsibility for the effective use of parish funds allocated for educational purposes. In general, the finance council is responsible for the total amount of money spent on education; the board is responsible for articulating the need and determining how the money is spent.
Approved: May 18, 2014
The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton
Bishop of Belleville