About SFHS

Board of Directors

St. Francis High School College Preparatory is part of the teaching mission of the Roman Catholic Church. As a Catholic educational institution, it operates in the Diocese of Joliet with permission of the Bishop. St. Francis High School was incorporated in 1957 as a private, not-for-profit corporation. The Board of Directors is a governing board acting according to the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws of the Corporation, and the legal statutes related to the General Not-for-Profit Act of the State of Illinois.

The current Bylaws were formally enacted on November 13, 2006. The responsibilities of the Board shall include:

• Supporting the Mission of St. Francis High School
• Policy Formation and Enactment
• Fiscal Supervision
• Evaluating St. Francis High School's Major Programs
• Strategic Planning
• Advancement
• Hiring, Retaining and Assessing the President of St. Francis High School

The Board operates under the following standing committees:

List of 6 items.

  • Executive Committee

    Composition: The Executive Committee is comprised of the President of the School, Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary of the Board, the Chairs of each standing committee and, when appropriate, the previous Chair of the Board. The Board Chair chairs this committee.
    Responsibilities:
    • Develops board and committee goals for coming year based on strategic plan goals and current needs
    • Prepares the board calendar and meeting agendas
    • Assists the President of the School as sounding board and counsel
    • Serves as an urgent action committee as needed between board meetings. Decisions taken by this committee are subject to review by the full board
    • Prepares and reviews the board evaluation and contract renewal of the School President
    • Meets bi-monthly or more frequently as needed
  • Board Development/Nominating

    Composition: The Board Development Committee is comprised of directors and the School President, Development Director, and Board Chair. Responsibilities:
    • Assesses distribution and expertise needs for board and board committee membership, including effective representation of the diversity of the St. Francis community, recruitment of members from outside the St. Francis community, and balancing the skills and areas of expertise represented by directors.
    • Solicits nominations, recruits, and participates in interviews of potential directors and committee members
    • Prepares an annual slate of new officers and directors for approval and election by the board
    • Proposes candidates for members and chairs of board committees for approval by the Board Chair and the School President
    • Plans orientation of new board members and committee members
    • Plans board retreats/board education activities to develop the board and clarify its functions
    • Prepares and reviews the board self-evaluation
    • Meets bi-monthly or more frequently as needed
  • Building and Grounds Committee

    Composition: The Buildings and Grounds committee is comprised of the School President, the school Business Manager, at least two directors and additional members representing particular areas of expertise.
    Responsibilities:
    • Participates in development of facilities planning
    • Assists in oversight of implementation of master site plan
    • Assesses and addresses long term maintenance needs of the school
    • Reviews maintenance schedules and preventative maintenance programs
    • Assists with oversight of major facilities projects, including offering advice on selection of architects, contractors, and project managers
    • Informs the finance committee of needs regarding buildings and grounds for inclusion in annual financial planning
    • Meets bi-monthly or more frequently as needed
  • Institutional Advancement Committee

    Composition: The Institutional Advancement Committee is comprised of the School President, the Vice-President of Institutional Advancement, at least two directors and additional members representing particular areas of expertise.
    Responsibilities:
    • Coordinates the fund-raising activities of the school
    • Proposes fundraising goals and strategies to the board, particularly in the area of planned gifts, endowment development, and capital giving
    • Assesses fundraising capability to meet stated goals of the strategic plan
    • Works with the finance committee in developing realistic planning and budgeting goals
    • Recommends financial goals for the annual giving campaign
    • Orchestrates trustee leadership and participation in fundraising
    • Works with alumni and parent groups to encourage support of fundraising and community building
    • Develops and implements fundraising campaigns and activities
    • Works with the marketing committee to coordinate internal and external communication
    • Meets bi-monthly or more frequently as needed
  • Finance Committee

    Composition: The Finance Committee is comprised of the School President, the school Business Manager, the Development Director, at least two directors and additional members representing particular areas of expertise.
    Responsibilities:
    • Approves the proposed annual operating budget before it is presented to the board for discussion and approval
      • Monitors financial operations of the school and makes regular financial reports to the board Reviews actual vs. budgeted performance
      • Monitors the school’s cash position
      • Adjusts the forecast based on actual results and updated fundraising expectations
      • Provides investment, cost-saving, fundraising and other financial advice and guidance
      • Monitors the progress of significant capital improvements
    • Periodically reviews financial policies and procedures and recommends changes to the board
    • Authorizes and reviews a yearly audit of the school's financial condition prepared by certified public accountants
    • Periodically reviews the school's insurance policies
    • Supervises the investment of school funds
    • Reviews staff requests for major non-budgeted expenditures
    • Works closely with other board committees whose work affects the finances of the school—specifically, the Stewardship Committee, and the Building and Grounds committee
    • Reviews and reports to the Board on compensation policies for the Faulty/Staff, in partnership with Education Committee.
    • Meets bi-monthly or more frequently as needed
  • Education Committee

    This Committee has the primary responsibility to oversee and evaluate the spiritual, academic, and co-curricular programs, and to review the athletic and discipline policies in light of the philosophy and mission statement of the school, student needs and future direction.
    Composition: The Education Committee is comprised of the School President, the Principal, at least two directors and additional members representing particular areas of expertise.
    Responsibilities:
    • To review the existing policies of the school on a continuing basis and to insure they are in accord with the policies of the Diocese of Joliet and school’s mission statement.
    • To review evaluations of the school prepared by outside agencies and to monitor implementation of the recommendations.
    • To work in conjunction with the President, Principal and Faculty representatives to monitor and improve the quality of instruction learning and curriculum.  
    • To hear presentations from each department on a rotating basis in order to keep abreast of the courses and updating of programs. 
    • To review the yearly profile of the school and to track the flow of the results. 
    • To work in collaboration with other committees on issues of shared concern. 
    • To report quarterly to the Board indicating progress and change in the areas of instruction, learning and curriculum and how the educational mission of the school is being fulfilled. A formal yearly report will also be presented to the Board.
    • To review and report to the Board on compensation policies for the Faculty/Staff, in partnership with Finance Committee.
    • To review the College placement process and report the results to the Board.
    • Meets bi-monthly or more frequently as needed

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