Philly diocese creates Executive Board of Elementary Education
March 4, 2013By Shannon McDonald
More than a year after announcing closings and consolidations at several elementary schools, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has created an Executive Board of Elementary Education "to better assist local pastors, parishes, elementary and regional schools with strategic planning, marketing, enrollment and governance to help sustain, grow, and strengthen their schools." Formed through recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Commission, the board will work with the diocese's five County Advisory Councils to evaluate school's abilities to meet demands.
"The collective mission of the Executive Board and the Advisory Councils will be to understand and plan for the demographic shifts, enrollment trends, and financial pressures that all schools face today so that working more strategically across the counties we can provide accessible, affordable, high quality Catholic education for all of those who desire it," Board Chair Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald said in a press statement.
The county councils will each have principals, pastors, parents and representatives from the community.