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Strategic Planning Committee to hold open forum

Nov. 11 event for David City Catholic Schools

DAVID CITY (SNR) - The next open forum meeting to learn about strategic planning for Aquinas and St. Mary Catholic Schools in David City will be held Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Aquinas Chapel meeting room, David City.

In June 2015, Aquinas and St. Mary formed a team of staff members and pastors to evaluate the need for a long-term strategic plan for the schools.

Faculty and staff of Aquinas and St. Mary began meeting with consultant Eva Fujan to start the process. This team conducted more than 50 interviews with parents, community members and alumni to understand strengths and opportunities to improve the schools.

The team determined that there was a need for long term strategic planning and enhanced communications with the community.

In September 2015, a Strategic Planning Team was formed consisting of teachers, parents, community members, and pastors to evaluate and complete a “2015-2020 Strategic Plan for Aquinas and St. Mary.”

The team has been meeting over the past few months, with the goal to complete and publish the plan in Catholic Schools Week, late January 2016. The schools are also conducting open forum meetings for the community to give ideas and to learn about the team’s progress, such as the Nov. 11 event.

As part of the planning process, Aquinas created a document to show the school’s current status. The document covers successes in areas such as spiritual life, academics, arts and athletics.

Father Sean Timmerman, chief administrative officer, said the document was “a great confirmation of Catholic Education to see the value of the school today and to be planning for the long-term future of Catholic education.”

The David City Catholic Schools are supported by 13 local parishes: Ss. Peter and Paul in Abie, St. Wenceslaus in Bee, Presentation, St. Joseph and St. Peter in Bellwood, Holy Trinity in Brainard, St. Anthony in Bruno, Assumption (Appleton), St. Francis (Center) and St. Mary in David City, Assumption in Dwight, Sacred Heart in Shelby, and Immaculate Conception in Ulysses.

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