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School Advisory Commission

The School Advisory Commission (SAC) are appointed parents and parish members who work with the pastor and principal in the administration of the school. The SAC’s purpose is to provide recommendations for school policy, advise the Pastor and Principal, provide leadership role for financial planning, public relations, recruitment, and
evaluation for the school.


Members are appointed by the administrators upon review of application letters on an
annual basis. Members serve for a term of three (3) years, unless appointed or re-elected
to serve an unexpired term. Those interested in serving on SAC may contact the Principal
or SAC president for more information.


SAC meetings (typically held monthly) are open for all parents to addend during the first
20 minutes, but then are closed for confidential meeting items and discussion. If a parent
wishes to present a topic to the SAC, please contact the Principal or SAC president prior
to the meeting. Parent feedback is encouraged regarding concerns or suggestions to better
the school and student’s enrichment. SAC is different than a traditional school board in
that SAC does not vote on policy or procedures rather they serve as a trusted group of
advisers to the administrators of the school (Principal and Pastor).


Strategic Planning: The School Board sets long-range goals and objectives for the school in the Strategic Plan. On an annual basis, short-term goals are set for each school year, using the Strategic Plan as a guide.

Policy-Making: The SAC, with the assistance of the Pastor and School Principal, recommends polices consistent with the policies set forth in the Handbook of School Policies from the Yakima Diocesan Education Board. It is the responsibility of the School Principal to implement and administer such policies.

Budgeting: The School Board, in conjunction with the School Principal, prepares an annual budget, and reviews the financial results on a monthly basis.

As representatives of school families, stakeholders are encouraged to bring their comments or concerns to the attention of any of the School Board members. Please remember that some issues are better suited for consideration by the School Principal.