PREAMBLE / MISSION STATEMENT
This commission shall have as its primary
concern the intellectual and spiritual development of members of the parish
community. It shall be its purpose to assist the parish community toward
wholesome, worthwhile adjustments to their respective cultural, social, and
economic environments with a Gospel perspective. It shall also be its purpose
to aid in the individual development of talents, opportunities and personal
adjustments both other persons and to themselves.
Working in close collaboration with the
parish administrator(s) and hearing its many constituents, this commission shall
recommend policies that will enable the parish community to reach its
OF ST. ANTONINUS PARISH SCHOOL
St. Antoninus Parish School is one of the chief
missions and ministries of St. Antoninus Parish. Parents promise to rear their
children in the practice of the Faith at their baptisms. Godparents promise to
assist them in their duty to do so. One of the proven ways of assisting parents
in their duties as the primary educators of their children in the practice of
the faith is the parish’s grade school. St. Antoninus Parish accepts its
mission to act as “godparents” by establishing and maintaining its parish
school, and to minister to our children, informational, formational and
At the level of information, the parish school
seeks to provide our children with the knowledge and skills they need to live a
truly human life. At the formational level, the parish school seeks to provide
our children opportunities to live a truly Catholic life: to worship our Triune
God; to grow in Christian community; and to serve the needs of others. At the
transformational level, the parish school seeks to encourage our children to
open their hearts to our Triune God in Whose image they are made especially
through the Sacraments and the Word of God and thus “to live a life worthy of
the calling they have received”.
In sum, each child bears a divine dignity by
Baptism and an eternal destiny to Glory. St. Antoninus Parish School as a place
of faith, prayer and learning strives to assist our children to value their
baptismal dignity and to realize their eternal destiny to Glory. As
“godparents” St. Antoninus Parish seeks to assist our parents as they rear their
children in the practice of the Faith.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Every student had the right to be cherished as a
gift to our humanity.
Every student has the right to information and
guidance that will promote the discovery and development of his or her
God-given talents and abilities.
Every student has the responsibility to
acknowledge his or her own dignity.
Every student has the responsibility to do his
or her best work at school and at home.
Every student has the responsibility to take
care of his or her mind and body.
Every student has the responsibility to respect
the dignity of every other person.
Every student has the responsibility to help
Every student has the responsibility to show
kindness and courtesy toward others.
Every student has the responsibility to respect
and promote a learning environment that recognizes and celebrates the
diversity within this community.
Every student has the responsibility to respect
the teaching authority of the parents,faculty and staff.
In dialogue with the Pastor, Principal and
Director of Religious Education, the Education
Commission evaluates and recommends school
policy. The principal is the day-to-day administrator of these policies within
The Pastor is the ultimate authority with
regard to the establishment of policy and the overall operation of the parish
and its school.
The name of this organization shall be the St.
Antoninus Parish Education Commission.
Section A- General
is to evaluate and recommend educational programs within the jurisdiction of
the St. Antoninus Parish.
It is expected
that the decisions of the Commission will reflect the vision and value
system of the community and the Church which are represented by the
is to formulate policy; the Commission is not responsible for the
administration of the school. One of the roles of the school administration
is to apply policy recommendations of the Commission to the operation of the
Section B- Specific Duties and Functions
Subsection A- Parish
To coordinate the
educational activities of the parish.
regularly the effectiveness of the education programs in the parish
school, parish religious education program, and adult education, and to
recommend methods of improving these programs.
To create better
understanding and support of Catholic education
Subsection B- School
policies for the application of the regulations of the Archdiocese Board
of Education, the Archdiocesan Office of Religious Education, and the State of
Ohio, to the entire parish education program.
To act as a
liaison body, together with the principal, with the public school officials.
recommendations regarding the annual school budget. Review of
educational expenditures is the responsibility of the Finance Commission.
To advise salary
scales for professional personnel, and to assist in the recruitment
of administrative personnel involved in the educational activities of the
committees on a standing or “ad hoc” basis as needed.
policies relating to the safety and well-being of students and staff.
policies relating to the planning and use of school facilities and equipment
in conjunction with other parish bodies.
Section A – Voting members of the
Commission shall consist of the six elected members of the Commission.
Section B – Ex-officio (non-voting) members
of the Commission shall include the pastor, principal, one member of the faculty
and the director of religious education. Because the ultimate responsibility for
all decisions rests on the pastor, he has the right and the opportunity of
veto. If the pastor believes any decision to be detrimental to the parish, he
may exercise his right to veto.
Section C – Each elected member shall serve
a term of three years, with two members to be elected by the parish each year.
There shall be no limit on the number of terms an elected member shall serve,
except that each elected member can serve only two consecutive terms.
Section D – Membership shall be limited to
persons belonging to the parish or parents of children enrolled in the school.
Members must not have a conflict of interest, e.g., a salaried employee of the
parish educational system is not to be a voting member on the Commission.
Section E – nomination of new members shall
take place prior to the regular May meeting, by the members of the parish, under
the direction of the nomination committee appointed by the president of the
Commission. Elections shall be held prior to the regular June meeting. Term of
office for elected members shall expire at the June meeting of their third
year. Newly elected members shall take office on the Commission at the June
Section F – Vacancies on the Commission
shall be filled for the unexpired term by the Commission at a regular meeting by
majority vote. A vacancy may be declared due to two unexcused absences.
The appointed member shall serve the unexpired
term and may then run for one consecutive term immediately following the term to
which he or she had been appointed. Said person my run again at a later date,
subject to the terms of Article III, Section C.
Section A – The officers of the Commission
shall consist of the president, vice-president, secretary, all of whom shall be
selected annually by the new Commission membership. The vice-president shall
succeed as president. This will be an item of regular business at the June
Section B – Any member of the Commission is
eligible to be elected for any office.
Section C – The duties of the officers and
members shall be as follows:
shall preside at all regular and special meetings of the Commission.
In the absence of
the president, the vice-president will preside.
shall maintain a written record of all acts of the Commission; distribute,
receive and dispose of all correspondence as directed; preserve all reports
and documents committed to his or her care; and maintain a record of all
financial transactions which are proper to the Commission. Minutes shall be
sent out to each Commission member within three weeks after the meeting.
Official minutes are filed in the school office.
representatives include a Parish Council representative, a Parents-Teachers
Organization [PTO] representative, and a publicity coordinator. The Parish
Council representative and the PTO representative are responsible for
attending scheduled meetings of the organization they are representing and
reporting to the Commission. The publicity coordinator is responsible for
submitting articles and/or pictures to the church bulletin and other media
outlets regarding parish or school activities.
Section A – Ordinarily, the Commission
shall meet on the third Monday of August, September, November, January, March,
May and June at a time and place to be designated by the president. The budget
review may require a separate meeting. Special meetings may be called by the
pastor, president, principal, director of religious education, as needed or at
the request of three voting members.
Section B – A majority of the voting
membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section C – A simple majority of voting
members present shall carry a motion. Only members present at a meeting are
eligible to vote. No absentee voting will be permitted.
Section D – All meetings of the Commission,
unless otherwise specified, shall be open to members of the parish. The pastor,
principal, director of religious education, and the president of the Commission
will formulate the agenda for the meetings. These persons will be responsible
for deciding if items will be placed on the agenda. Items for the agenda must
be received by the president at least seven days in advance of the monthly
meeting to be considered for the agenda. All items formally presented for
consideration must be written. Those formally presented items which are not
included on the agenda will receive a written response indicating the reason for
CONDUCT OF MEETINGS
Section A – The rule of parliamentary
procedure shall govern meetings of the Commission.
Section B – The order of meetings shall be:
pastor, principal, director of religious education, Parish Council and PTO
representative, and publicity coordinator.
Section C – Each member of the Commission
is to receive a copy of the agenda at least three days prior to the scheduled
EFFECTIVE DATE AND AMENDMENTS
Section A – this constitution shall become
effective the date it is adopted by the Commission. This fact will be noted in
the official minutes. This document may be amended or repealed, or a new
constitution adopted as stipulated in Section B below.
Section B – At a regular meeting of the
Commission, a resolution shall be introduced specifying the Article and Section
to be amended or repealed, or a new constitution to be adopted in full. No vote
is taken at the meeting. Copies of the proposed constitutional changes are to
be given to the commission members at least seven days prior to the meeting at
which the vote will be taken. Copies should be made available on the website to
all parishioners. Parish members are to be notified in the parish bulletin that
they may appear and be heard concerning the resolution. At the next meeting,
the resolution shall be voted upon by the members of the Commission. If the
vote on said resolution receives the affirmative vote of two thirds of the
members, it shall be adopted and become effective immediately. The results of
the above action shall be noted by the secretary in the official minutes of the
Constitution adopted August 15, 2005