2012-03-29 / Community

Diocese of Marquette priests, principals meet to discuss Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools


Marquette Diocesan Schools Superintendent Mark Salisbury (standing) and Bishop Alexander Sample (seated center) speaking to those in attendance at the Catholic Schools Strategic Plan meeting held in Escanaba on March 14. 
(Submitted photo) Marquette Diocesan Schools Superintendent Mark Salisbury (standing) and Bishop Alexander Sample (seated center) speaking to those in attendance at the Catholic Schools Strategic Plan meeting held in Escanaba on March 14. (Submitted photo) The Diocese of Marquette Catholic Schools Department hosted a meeting at Escanaba’s Hereford & Hops Restaurant on March 14 to update the Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Marquette. The current strategic plan is in its fifth year of implementation and after many successful accomplishments, is due for an update.

Those present at the meeting included Bishop Alexander K. Sample of the Diocese of Marquette, priests representing each of the nine schools’ subsidizing parishes, principals representing all nine Catholic schools, and staff members from the Department of Catholic

Schools.

Bishop Sample led the meeting with a discussion on Catholic schools and their importance in the New Evangelization. The participants were given an opportunity to provide input on the future of the schools and ask any questions.

Following Bishop Sample’s, Superintendent of Schools Mark Salisbury shared information outlining the health of the nine Catholic schools, including enrollment trends, tuition scales, parish subsidies, diocesan disbursements, student-to-teacher ratios, costs per student, and finally, a review of accomplishments from the previous 2007 Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools.

Salisbury asked participants to share with him their suggestions prior to and during the meeting and these suggestions will be used in finalizing the plan. New themes of the updated strategic plan were also discussed, including the mission of the schools, and how schools and parishes working together provide the richest soil for effective evangelization and catechesis.

“I am excited about the discussions that emerged from this planning meeting,” Salisbury said. “People traveled from as far as Sault Sainte Marie to attend this meeting, and all nine of our schools and all of our subsidizing parishes were represented at the meeting, indicating a shared commitment to the future success of our Catholic schools. We will address any suggestions or questions raised at the meeting, and we’ll now work on developing the priorities outlined in the plan.”

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