A Plan for Our Future (Strategic Plan)
Vision & Goal: St. Mary Catholic School System is acknowledged for its academic excellence and delivery of an exceptional student experience. The system is financially stable (as defined by decreased line of credit, increased revenue, balanced budget) to ensure the long-term feasibility and continuation of SMCS education.
During the fall of 2015, The SMCS Board of Trustees and administrative leadership team worked with a professional facilitator to lay the groundwork for a new strategic plan for St. Mary Catholic Schools. The development of each of the five strategic plan initiatives is being headed by a member of the SMCS Board of Trustees or staff working in conjunction with a task force consisting of system personnel and community volunteers.
Each group has determined who will be directly impacted by their specific initiative (the stakeholders), and are meeting regularly to develop recommendations for meeting the goals. Each committee reports to the board of trustees at the monthly meeting.
Strategic Plan Initiatives
STRATEGY #1: Advance Catholic Education as an Investment in developing dynamic Catholic Disciples through Academic & Spiritual Leadership
Grow overall brand awareness in the community and focus on enhancing parish/school relationships, existence of the system as an option to other parochial schools and key points of difference.
STRATEGY #2: Develop & Implement Recruitment & Retention Strategies to Grow Enrollment
Grow recruitment of new families in the system at all grade levels. Increase overall retention rates focusing on transition grades. Improve community perceptions and foster partnerships.
STRATEGY #3: Establish a Financially Stable Business Model
Create plan that decreases our line of credit, continues to deliver a balanced budget and increases third source fundraising while continuing to invest in academic initiatives which will set us apart in the marketplace and improve academic excellence. Implement cost management plan that includes collaboration, increased efficiencies (staffing and facilities) and assessment of future needs.
STRATEGY #4: Deliver Academic Excellence
Develop plan to ensure academic needs are met (and exceeded), education models are reviewed and considered, and professional development is encouraged and planned for… all in order to deliver a quality Catholic education in the most successful and efficient manner.
STRATEGY #5: Deliver an Exceptional Student Experience
Foster an environment where students are engaged beyond the classroom to create lifelong affinity for the schools.