An Invitation for Supporters of Catholic Education

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Dear Catholic school teachers, staff members, parents and guardians, parishioners and all who support Catholic school education,

At the beginning of the strategic growth planning process, “To PROCLAIM and TEACH,” for schools in the diocese, we outlined the steps that would be taken to establish a plan for the future. These steps include Phase 1 – data analysis and key findings, Phase 2-plan development, and Phase 3 – plan implementation. Since May the Meitler team has been researching and analyzing community and Catholic demographic information, school enrollment and financial data, and other school-related information in order to present a common foundation from which the strategic growth plan can be built.

To that end, this data has recently been presented to diocesan and school leaders for their feedback and input. In addition to their thoughts, we want to hear from you as you listen to the data and share your thoughts about the future for our Catholic schools. A presentation will be scheduled in each of the four school areas of the diocese – Altoona, Johnstown, Prince Gallitzin area, and the Northern area.

As a result, a presentation is scheduled in your geographic area on September 20-22 and you are invited to join the Meitler team as they share the data and information with you. The presentations will be held at your local Catholic high school according to the following schedule:

· Altoona Quadrant schools:
Monday, September 20; 6:15 p.m. at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School

· Johnstown Quadrant schools:
Tuesday, September 21; 6:15 p.m. at Bishop McCort Catholic High School

· Prince Gallitzin Quadrant schools:
Tuesday, September 21; 6:15 p.m. at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School

· Northern Quadrant schools:
Tuesday, September 21; 6:15 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy

Your participation is important for the success of our planning process as we all look to sustain and help our Catholic schools thrive.

Thank you very much for your support and prayers for this important effort. We want to afford as many constituents as possible the opportunity to be part of the planning process and share your insights, hopes and concerns.

We remind you to stay in touch with the “To PROCLAIM and TEACH” planning process each month. Information and updates about the schools’ strategic growth planning process will be available on the diocesan website and through other media as the plan progresses.