Mary, Seat of Wisdom BOARD OF SPECIFIED JURISDICTION (BSJ) Charter
The Mary, Seat of Wisdom School Board or Board of Specified Jurisdiction (BSJ), whose authority is derived from the policies of the Archbishop of the Archdiocese, is called into being by the local parish and is given its mission to provide an environment in which children receive a quality education through a strong academic curriculum emphasizing development of their identities as individuals and as Catholics.
The School Board’s responsibilities include developing policies that are compatible with the school’s philosophy and that will enable the school to reach its goals, collaborating with the pastor in the selection of the principal, endorsing the school budget and determining the sources of funding the budget, and representing its constituency.
Appointments for three---year terms to the School Board are normally announced in the spring. School parents are invited and encouraged to join various School Board committees, which serve the school’s needs.
These committees deal with the areas of member development, institutional advancement, Strategy / policy and planning, mission effectiveness and finance / fiscal management.
The Board of Specified Jurisdiction (BSJ) as a Governance Board, is empowered to share in making decisions in the following specified areas of responsibility: Member Development, Institutional Advancement, Strategy and Planning, Ministry Effectiveness and Finance Management.
Membership for the BSJ is diverse and members are selected for specific skill sets, from various groups, such as the following: from the parish at large, alumni/ae, parents of current students and parents of alumni/ae, local universities and the business community, to deal with these various areas of Board responsibility.
Through its work, the Board develops an infrastructure of support for the vitality of the school in the specified areas.
Board members serve on Committees where much of the Board’s work is done. The Pastor and Principal are key members of the BSJ and are voting members accordingly.
BSJ members are appointed by the Pastor. The Board’s primary work is done in committees, and each Board Member serves on at least one Standing Committee wherein the board’s work is done. Matters for decision are brought to the whole Board by the Committee working on the issue to be decided.
The work of the Board and the Standing Committees are the following:
- Finance Management (FM): (finances and facilities) – to implement the Fiscal Management guidelines of the Archdiocese. Also, to collaborate in the development and monitoring of the school budget which is ultimately endorsed by the entire board membership and approved by the Pastor in consultation with the Parish Finance Committee?
- Institutional Advancement (IA): toplan and implement activities designed to attract human, financial, and physical resources; these responsibilities can be divided among several sub-committees of the BSJ: Communication Development and Marketing/ Enrollment Management (Recruitment and Retention.)
- Ministry Effectiveness (ME): to understand and evaluate the school’s implementation of its Mission / Vision / Faith-based Core Values
- Member Development (MD): to recruit and recommend to the pastor of candidates for board vacancies and on-going professional development for current Board members
- Strategy and Planning (SP): to develop local policy to enhance and strengthen Archdiocesan policies which are implemented by the Pastor and administered by the Principal; as well as help facilitate a longer-term strategy plan
An Executive Committee at a minimumis made up of the Pastor, the Principal, the Board Chairperson and other key Committee Chairpersons, as needed. The Executive Committee sets the agenda for each Board meeting and prepares the board documents, including committee updates that are distributed to each member prior to the meeting. The “pre-read documents” include the agenda for the upcoming Board meeting, updates or minutes of prior committee meetings and any other relevant material to enable members to prepare for the Board meeting, and should be distributed in sufficient time prior to the Board meeting.
The Chairperson of each committee or subcommittee must be a BSJ member. Other people in the community are recruited to serve on a committee or subcommittee and do not need to be board members. The BSJ is established consistent with the policies, procedures, guidelines, regulations, and best practices promulgated by the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Office of Catholic Schools.
Specific governance areas that the Archdiocese reserves to itself thru the Pastor and Principal include: the academic program, personnel and human resources, legal and ownership issues.
It is recommended that the BSJ be composed of 11 to 21 members. An individual is appointed by the Pastor for a specified minimum term (usually three years) and again is selected based on a certain skill set and expertisein one of the above mentioned areas of board responsibility. Up to twenty per cent (20%) may be non-Catholic. Individuals with these skill sets may be:
o Parents of current students (up to 50%)
o Alumni/ae and parents of alumni/ae
o Leaders within the neighborhood, business, and professional communities
The Pastor and Principal serve as part of the Board. They provide the leadership for Catholic teaching, thought and culture, which are foundational to the work of the Board, and in which the decisions of the Board are rooted.
Board Members are appointed to serve a committee based upon their expertise and desire. The committees are project-directed groups. Other interested individuals from the parish, school, and /or civic communities are recruited to join the committees as well, to help accomplish the projects of the committee.
BSJ members’ commitment is to come prepared to Board meetings and actively participate on one of the Standing Committees of the BSJ.
MSW School BSJ Charter - Rev 2 - July 2015
2016-2017 MSW School Board of Specified Jurisdiction (BSJ)
Bill Mountin, Chairperson
Marianne Viola Nemetz
Fr. Jerry Gunderson , Pastor
Julie Due, Principal
Joan Mattingly, PPCM
Stacy Purcell, FSA President
To reach a member of the BSJ, please contact the school office at 847-825-2500.
Complete School Board meeting minutes are available upon request in the school office during regular school hours.