2431 Policy

Diocesan Board of Education
Diocese of Belleville

Policy 2431



All parish boards of education in the Diocese of Belleville are consultative boards. A consultative board is established by the pastor to assist him and the parish's education administrator/s (principal and/or director of religious education) in the governance of the parish education programs. Governance is divided into two parts: policy and administration. The board's responsibilities are in policy matters; they are not responsible for administration or the details of administration.

The administration of the education programs is the responsibility of the administrative team. The team is composed of the pastor and the education administrator/s. The pastor, as chief administrator of parish programs, retains some administrative responsibilities and delegates the remaining to the administrator/s. The pastor, as the employer ofthe administrator/s, hires, supervises and evaluates. The administrator, with the authority delegated as specified in the employment contract or job description, is responsible for the operation of the education program. This responsibility includes the employment, supervision, and evaluation of staff, the establishment of education programming, and the evaluation and management of student behavior.

The establishment of policy is accomplished through the activity of the board. The board is composed of the administrative team and the members. When the board meets (administrative team and members) and agrees on a policy matter, the decision is effective and binding on all as long as the local policy is not in conflict with diocesan policy and is ratified by the Pastor. 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.

This kind of activity suggests a consensus model of decision making. The pastor and principal are to participate with the board in deliberations on policy matters. When disagreements between the pastor or principal and the board arise, attempts should be made to resolve them before the board reaches a conclusion. In this way, the pastor is not placed in the position of having to negate board action; rather he is able, through his participation, to enact board action.

The board has responsibilities in the following areas:

    1. Planning (establishing a mission statement, goals, future plans)
    2. Policy Development (formulating policies which give general direction for administrative action)
    3. Financing (developing plans/means to finance the educational programs including tuition and development, endowment growth, annual fund and fundraising plans, to allocate resources according to a budget, to monitor those plans)
    4. Public Relations (communicating with various publics about the programs and listening to their needs and concerns, recruiting students and promoting/marketing the education programs)
    5. Evaluation (determining whether goals and plans are being met--not evaluating individual staff members, administrators or students--and determining the board's own effectiveness)

ADOPTED: September 24, 2013

The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton

Bishop of Belleville

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