The Board of Specified Jurisdiction
The St. Giles School Board of Specified Jurisdiction (BSJ) acts in an advisory role to the Pastor and Principal. The Board develops, proposes and adopts policies that govern the operation of the School in accordance with guidelines set by the Office of Catholic Schools. The Board is empowered to cooperate and collaborate with the principal and to support the work of administering and leading the school. However, the Board has no role with respect to the hiring, evaluation or termination of teachers.
Our Board is comprised of parent and non-parent members appointed by our Pastor. Our members have a breadth of community involvement and expertise in the areas of finance, technology, development, athletics, marketing, and strategic planning. Each of these areas has a committee that reports to the BSJ. All of our committees welcome and encourage new members. Please contact the Committee Chair directly to express your interest. Your involvement can only make us stronger.
The Finance Committee provides a degree of oversight on the School’s financial condition. The Committee (and BSJ) assist in maintaining the School’s viable financial standing, without taking on fiduciary or audit-related responsibilities. The Committee reviews key financial metrics including actual financial results vs. budget and tuition collections. Finally, the Committee participates in creating and aligning the School’s budget with strategic and operational plans.
Marketing and Communications
Advancing the mission of St. Giles School, the Marketing and Communications Committee works to enhance the visibility and public perception of the school and support the students and families currently enrolled in the school. The Committee sponsors and coordinates the school-wide Open House in January and develops and manages the print production of all marketing and promotional material. Promoting the brand identity of St. Giles School, the Committee also coordinates key internal vehicles of communication directed at faculty/staff, parents, and students and hosts programs for current and prospective families. The goal of the Marketing and Communications Committee is to recruit new students and families, achieve and maintain full enrollment, and support retention of current students.
Anchored by our two annual fundraisers, the Lions Leap in September and the Black and Gold Pride, the St. Giles Development Office is projected to raise close to $300,000 for the school this year. Members of the Sr. Marie Imelda Society continue to renew their memberships throughout the year; these families/individuals make contributions totaling $1,000 or more within a school year and will be recognized at our annual reception in November. The Development office also conducts a mailed annual fund campaign targeting alumni and parent donors who are able to make smaller donations. This mailing raises funds toward both the Fundraising budget and the Tuition Assistance budget, based on donor preferences.
In addition to supporting these important fundraisers, the Development Committee works with the Development office to plan activities that advance the mission of St. Giles School: to build connections and extend our outreach to both alumni and the community. The St. Giles School Alumni Network Facebook page has seen a huge jump in “likes” this past school year, (and, along with Constant Contact e-mail newsletters,) we have been reaching an increased number of alumni with updates of what’s happening at St. Giles today as well and looking back to days gone by with regular postings of photos from the Development archives. In May, the Development Committee will work with the PTO to host our ever-popular Grand People Day here at the school. In late May, we will again welcome our soon-to-be alums, the 8th grade graduates, with a special celebration featuring several St. Giles graduates who will talk about their memories as students here and why — decades later — they continue to support and remain connected to the school.
The Technology Committee reviews and plans for future technology at the school. The Committee reviews outside technology providers and the progress of open projects; assists in soliciting bids for contracted services; assesses technology needs and challenges of the faculty; and assesses the overall technology needs at the school to prioritize purchases and future upgrades. The Committee also assists in the implementation and evaluation of new initiatives such as the junior high one-to-one iPad initiative.
The Mission of the Interscholastic Athletic Program is to:
- Provide opportunities for all interested St. Giles School students to learn about and participate as members of St. Giles School sports teams and programs
- Transmit knowledge of the fundamentals of various sports
- Develop the sports-specific skill levels of each participant
- Instill team-oriented values in sports environment
- Teach proper attitude toward winning, losing, and competing with dignity
- Foster and environment to increase self-confidence and self-esteem
- Enhance individual levels of physical fitness
2017-18 BSJ Committee Chairs
Strategic Planning Chair
Marketing and Communications Chair
Meghan Hurley Gibbs
Parish – Barb Schulz, email@example.com
Interim Principal – Kathy Lofgren, firstname.lastname@example.org