The Board of Education is a group of lay individuals appointed by the pastor or parish director. They provide administrative advice to the Pastor as well as the parish catechetical administrator and/or principal regarding the catechetical and/or educational programs in the parish. Generally, these people are selected because of their expertise in business, education, finance, fund raising, marketing and non-profit management. Usually, they are a mix of parents of students in the parish religious education program or school, benefactors of these programs, as well as members-at-large from the parish community. The board is advisory only and is not responsible for the day-to-day operation of the parish catechetical program or school.
Boards of education and committees have six primary functions. The effectiveness of a board or committee depends upon how well it performs these vital functions:
- Catholic Identity
- Hiring & Evaluating Administrators
- Financing & Budgeting
- Public Relations
Each elected/selected/appointed voting member shall serve a term of three years and may serve a second term but may not serve more than two consecutive terms. Terms for members shall be staggered so that approximately one-third of the members’ terms expire each year. Following one year of absence from the board or committee, a former member may be reappointed for another three-year term.