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School Commission

The Catholic school is an expression of the educational mission of both the parish and the Archdiocese with which it is associated.  Father Richard Hayatsu is responsible to the Archbishop for the administration of the total parish, including the parish school.  Rosemary Leifer, Principal, reports to the pastor, is a member of the parish staff, and functions as the chief administrator of the school.  


Just as the parish council serves with the pastor on behalf of the total parish community, so the school commission serves with the principal on behalf of the school community.  Today's catholic school principal, faced with many demands, needs assistance from a group of people who are committed to the Catholic school and willing to work for the good of the school and parish.  The school commission provides this assistance.  


The School Commission Board meets every-other-month on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from September to June, at 7pm.  On the months the full Commission does not meet, each sub-committee meets to discuss issues specific to that committee.


The school commission is an advisory body comprised of twelve elected members established by Father Hayatsu and Rosemary Leifer, in accordance with Archdiocesan policy, to assist them in the governance of St. Francis of Assisi School.  Members are selected and/or elected to participate in decision-making in designated areas of responsibility.  Usually these areas include planning, policy formation, finances, the selection or appointment of the principal, development (including public relations and marketing) and evaluation.  (Building Better Boards, 1990) Our current school commission members are all school parents who advise the pastor and principal on school policy.  They come from a variety of backgrounds and professions.  Currently the members are:

Father Richard Hayatsu Pastor
Rosemary Leifer Principal
Steve VanDerhoef Chair
Sunae Wong Vice Chair
Chris Aley Member
Michelle Brant Member
Aileen Cronin Member
Maureen DeGroot Member
Erika DuBois Member
Michael Scoville Member
Jerry Shields Member
Erica Gower Member 
Alana Vinther Incoming  
Daniel Kingston Incoming
Pete Nichols
Stuart Steadman Incoming  

The committees and goals for the Commission were established from the St. Francis of Assisi School 5-Year Strategic Plan.  We are currently updating our Strategic Plan and the Commission committees and goals will be evaluated during this process.  Parent and parishioner participation is welcome via communication with the School Commission Chair, Steve VanDerhoef.  His email address is listed above.