WAHOO (SNR) - The Saunders County Catholic Schools recently announced an open position: executive director of development and advancement.
In September 2014 Father Brian Kane, chief administrative officer, formed a team of teachers, parents, community members and pastors to evaluate and complete a 2015-2020 strategic plan for the three schools in Saunders County – Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo, St. Wenceslaus Grade School in Wahoo and St. John Nepomucene Grade School in Weston. The strategic plan was completed and introduced in May at the 50th anniversary celebration for Bishop Neumann High School. The next step was to form implementation teams to write detailed plans on how to implement and ensure the sustainability of the strategic plan.
In June, Father Kane was asked to serve as dean of men at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary near Philadelphia. Father Michael Morin, the new chief administrative officer at the schools, picked up the torch and continued the implementation planning process. More than 65 community members met throughout the summer to complete strategic plan implementation projects and a five-year budget for the three schools. The process was completed Sept. 17 and the final projects and budget were presented to the community.
As part of the process, a new position was created and the schools are now searching for an executive director of development and advancement, to help lead the schools into the future. This position will work with all three schools in planning, fundraising, and creating long-term relationships in the communities that support the schools.
The three schools are supported by St. Mary Parish in Cedar Bluffs, St. Joseph in Colon, St. Mary in Davey, St. John in Mead, Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Plasi, St. John in Prague, St. Vitus in Touhy, Ss. Mary and Joseph in Valparaiso, St. Wenceslaus in Wahoo and St. John Nepomucene in Weston.
The schools have a rich tradition of providing an excellent academic environment with a Christ-centered foundation. Graduates from the three schools are successful in the classroom, in performing arts, on the athletic field and in their vocations. Alumni include one bishop – Bishop Robert Vasa (Neumann and St. John graduate) – eight priests, five religious sisters, three seminarians, three missionaries and many committed families and community members that value the importance of passing on the Catholic faith to future generations.
The schools got their start in 1911, when Wahoo Catholic was opened. It later became St. Wenceslaus Grade School. In 1953 St. John Nepomucene opened in Weston, and Bishop Neumann High School opened in September 1964. More than 60% of the current faculty have advanced degrees, with eight priests on staff and Marian and Notre Dame Sisters working in the schools.
Saunders Catholic Schools serve more than 620 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, coming from across Saunders and Lancaster counties, with bus service to every parish community.