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 of Directors can be contacted at boardofdirectors@sfhscollegeprep.org

The Board operates under the following standing committees:

List of 6 items.

  • Executive Committee

    Composition: The Executive Committee is comprised of the School President, the Board Chair, the Board Vice-Chair, the Chairs of all standing committees of the Board, and two Directors appointed by 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 and tracks progress on meeting those goals
    • Prepares the Board calendar and meeting agendas in coordination with the School President
    • Assists the School President in the execution of duties, when needed, and provides support and encouragement to the School President
    • Serves as an urgent action committee, as needed, between Board meetings.  Interim 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 bimonthly or more frequently as needed
  • Board Development Committee

    Composition: The Board Development Committee is comprised of the School President, the Vice President for Advancement, the Board Chair, the Board Vice-Chair, and at least two additional Directors.
     
    Responsibilities:
     
    • Reviews annually the expertise and skills of current Directors
    • Assesses annually the needs for Board and Board committee membership, taking into consideration 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 from Directors, the School President, and Vice President for Advancement
    • Recruits and participates in interviews of potential directors and committee members
    • Prepares and presents 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 and conducts the orientation of new Directors and provides guidance to committee chairs for orientation of new committee members
    • Plans Board retreats or Board education activities to develop the Board and clarify its functions
    • Prepares, performs, and reviews, at least annually, a Board self-evaluation
    • Meets bimonthly or more frequently as needed
  • Building and Grounds Committee

    Composition: The Buildings and Grounds Committee is comprised of the School President, the Director of Finance and Operations, 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 bimonthly or more frequently as needed
  • Advancement Committee

    Composition: The Advancement Committee is comprised of the School President, the Vice President for Advancement, the Director of Admissions and Communications, at least two Directors, the current Chair of the Alumni Association Board, and additional members representing relevant areas of expertise.
     
    Responsibilities:
     
    • With the Vice President for Advancement, the committee provides oversight of the annual fundraising activities and goals, including: 
      • Support of established Advancement strategic planning initiatives
      • Support of the annual fund, major gifts, planned gifts, endowment development, and capital giving as needed
      • Support of all fundraising events, including the annual auction
      • Support of fundraising campaigns and activities as needed
      • Direct participation in fundraising activities
    • With the Vice President for Advancement, the committee supports alumni relations and all alumni engagement initiatives and goals
    • With the Director of Admissions and Communications, the committee provides oversight of:
      • Enrollment management initiatives and goals
      • Internal and external communications
    • In partnership with the Finance Committee, the committee provides oversight of plans associated with fundraising and enrollment revenues
    • Meets bimonthly or more frequently as needed
  • Finance Committee

    Composition: The Finance Committee is comprised of the School President, the Director of Finance and Operations, at least two Directors, and additional members representing particular areas of expertise.
     
    Responsibilities:
     
    • Reviews and recommends the proposed annual operating budget to the Board for discussion and approval
      • Monitors financial operations of the school and makes financial reports to the Board
      • Reviews actual versus budgeted performance
      • Reviews management’s adjustments to the annual forecast based on actual results and updated fundraising expectations
      • Provides investment, cost-saving, and other financial advice and guidance
      • Monitors the progress of significant capital improvements
    • Reviews and recommends annual tuition amounts to the Board for approval
    • Reviews new contracts and extensions exceeding twelve months and recommends to the Board for approval
    • Periodically reviews financial policies and procedures and recommends changes to the Board for approval
    • Authorizes and reviews the annual audit of the school's financial condition prepared by certified public accountants
    • Annually reviews the school's insurance policies and recommends to the Board for approval
    • Supervises the investment of school funds and reviews them annually
    • Reviews requests for non-budgeted expenditures exceeding $100,000
    • Works closely with other Board committees whose work affects the finances of the school
    • Reviews and recommends to the Board compensation policies for the Faculty/Staff, in partnership with the Education Committee
    • Meets bimonthly or more frequently as needed
  • Education Committee

    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:
     
    • Reviews the mission, vision, and philosophy statements of the school on a continuing basis
    • Reviews, oversees, and evaluates the spiritual, curricular, and co-curricular programs and policies of the school on a continuing basis and insures that they are in accord with the policies of the Diocese of Joliet, the laws of the state of Illinois, and the school’s mission, vision, and philosophy statements
    • Reviews, oversees, and evaluates the school’s student and support services on a continuing basis
    • Reviews evaluations of the school prepared by outside agencies and monitors implementation of the recommendations
    • Works in conjunction with the School President, Principal, and Faculty representatives to monitor and improve the quality of instruction, learning, and curriculum
    • Meets with department chairs/directors on a rotating basis in order to keep abreast of the courses and any updates to programs
    • Reviews the annual school profile and tracks the flow of the results
    • Works in collaboration with other Board committees on issues of shared concern
    • Reports quarterly to the Board on the progress and change in the areas of instruction, learning, and curriculum and on how the educational mission of the school is being fulfilled
    • Reviews and reports to the Board on compensation policies for the Faculty/Staff in partnership with the Finance Committee
    • Meets bimonthly or more frequently as needed

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