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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 14, 1990 I II II Task force looks at Washing[on Catholic scho, Is By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer A five-member task force has been formed to assess the cur- rent status of Catholic school education offered by the three Catholic schools in Washington. The schools are Washington Catholic Elemen- tary S.chool, Washington Catholic Middle School and Washington Catholic High School. At the conclusion of its study, the task force will be making recommendations to Washington Catholic leaders con:ernlng the existing Catlblic school structure. Stephen J. Noone of In- dianapolis has been appointed chairperson of the task force. "We are not making deci- sions," Noone emphasized, "we are making recommenda- tions on how they might make their decisions for the future." The task force has already met with and interviewed local Catholic leaders in Washington, Noone said. He noted that the task force is now reviewing documentation provided from the three Washington Catholic schools, including the religion cur- riculum guide, group standard- ized test data (ISTEP), the school board constitution, salary schedules as well as stu- dent, teacher and parent handbooks. A questionnaire has also been prepared for local leaders, school parents and parishioners to Christian values. -- My pastor(s) through his (their) attitudes/actions strong- ly supports the school. -- The school provides ser- vice to the parish and local community. -- I favor the continued ex- istence of this school. The questionnaire also asks "If a deficit budget is projected, which of the following measures should be considered:" -- Explore methods for addi- tional funding. -- Examine ways to attract students. -- Examine development methods. -- Examine ways to cut costs. -- Restructure school programs. -- Drop classes/grades. -- Close the entire school system. Respondents are also asked to agree or disagree with statements regarding finances and school board policies: -- Parishioners are informed every student in the parish to have a Catholic school educa- tion regardless of family finan- cial circumstances. -- The school board provides staff salaries and benefits that are just. The final question asks if parishioners would be willing to increase their Sunday con- tributions to their parishes "in order to adequately subsidize a school budget which meets state requirements." In the first part of October, the data from the question- naires will be tabulated. The task force will also be making an on-site visit to Washington to "observe the education that is taking place," Noone said. After its visit, the task force will begin compiling "observa- tions and recommendations." The first draft of its report should be ready by October 21, Noone believes. The second draft of its report should be released by the first part of November. A final report is expected by regarding the percentage of the middle of November, with a parish income needed to report and recommendations operate the school and the cost delivered to local Washington per pupil. Catholic leadership by Nov. 20. -- The school board has pro- Other members of the task cedures/policies that allow force:e: i James Jett & Associates, Inc. life -- health o home * IRA retirement planning 4 7 3--4OO5 514 S. Green River Rd. Evansville r IN 47715 -- Sister Mary Terrence Knapp, O.S.B. Sister Knapp is pastoral administrator at Holy Name Church in Bloomfield. -- Father Joseph Schaedel. Father Schaedel is assistant principal of Cardinal Ritter Junior/Senior High School in Indianapolis. He has also been the principal of St. Roch Elementary School. -- Sondra Wellman. She served as principal of St. Luke Elementary School in In- dianapolis for 20 years. -- Dr. Robert Estabrook. He is with the Department of Educa- tional Administration at In- diana State University in Terre Haute. Noone is executive director of the Indiana Non-Public Educa- tion Association. He served as Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis from 1977-1984 and he was principal of Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis from 1970 to 1977. He is from Indianapolis. Gifi00bles HARDWARE - HOUSEWARES - APPLIANCES ON THE SQUARE --JASPER at both St. Mary's. and St. Simon's churches. Respondents are asked to in- dicate their agreement or disagreement with the ques- tions regarding each of the three schools. Questions in- clude the following: -- The school meets the needs of the whole child: spiritually, physically, academically and socially. -- The stated purposes of the school reflect Catholic, Chris- tian values. -- Parishioners are generally aware of the stated purposes of the school. 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