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A Board of Specified Jurisdiction recognizes the expertise and dedication present in the laity, and available to our Catholic schools; at the same time it recognizes that the school’s viability and long-term vitality rest on broadening the school’s base of support in the community.
A Board of Specified Jurisdiction (or BSJ) has authority for decision-making for the school in specified areas; this authority is delegated by the Pastor (or Superintendent of Catholic Schools) in the areas of vision and mission; institutional development; finance and facilities; and marketing and recruitment. The BSJ is empowered to cooperate and collaborate with the principal and the Pastor (or Superintendent) to support the work of administering and leading the school.
The role and authority of the board exist in clear relationship with the authority of the local ordinary, Cardinal George, and are delegated and endorsed by the Pastor or the Superintendent of Catholic schools. There are guidelines about composition. Boards are empowered in these specified areas,
  • Ministry Effectiveness (Mission/Vision/Faith based Core Values);
  • Member Development
  • Planning and Policy
  • Fiscal Management (Finances, and Facilities);
  • Institutional Advancement (Communication; Development; Marketing; Enrollment/Recruitment and Retention)
The board uses a consensus model of decision-making, and the work of preparing for decisions is done in committees that correspond with these areas of responsibility. The Executive Committee, made up of the Board Chair, Assistant Chair, and Secretary, the Pastor (or Superintendent’s delegate) and Principal, and the board committee chairs, sets the Board agenda and monitors the Board calendar.
It is recommended that a Board of Specified Jurisdiction be composed of 11 to 21 members. An individual is appointed by the Pastor (or Superintendent) for specified terms, and is selected based upon a certain skill set and expertise in one of the above mentioned areas. Up to 20% of the Board members may be non-Catholic. Individuals with these skill sets may be:
  • Parishioners;
  • Alumni/ae and parents of alumni/ae;
  • Leaders within the neighborhood, business, and professional communities;
  • Parents of current students (up to 25%)
By-laws describe the delegation of responsibility within the canonical structure of the local church, the charge to each committee, and the responsibilities of board members.


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BSJ and Administrator Recurring Calendar 6/12/201272.66 KBDownload
Guidelines6/12/201223.76 KBDownload