New Principle at St Joseph's School
Dear Fellow Fort Collins Catholics,
Saint Joseph Catholic School has been graced with the presence of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy for the past four years with Sister Rose Mary Balappa at the helm as Principal. The sisters, as you may know, have been called back to their Mother House in Rome for reassignment. We are grateful for all they have brought to our school and parish and will dearly miss them. We wish them well in their future endeavors.
We are working on the task to find a new principal for the 2016-17 school year. A Principal Search Committee has been put together and met on Wednesday, April 13, to create a plan to find a new principal for Saint Joseph Catholic School. The job announcement requesting applications for this position has been posted and will stay open until May 3, 2016. The search committee will conduct interviews of qualified candidates through mid-May and our new principal will be hired by the end of May or early June.
We value your input and want to keep you updated on the process and activities to select the best candidate; therefore, the first step we are taking is to perform a needs assessment survey. We would like your assistance in identifying the most important strengths a principal should possess plus your thoughts and opinions on the needs of Saint Joseph Catholic School. Please take some time to fill out the survey which you can locate by clicking on the following website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SJCSparishoners.
All answers are anonymous. If you are presently a parent of a Saint Joseph student and received this survey through a school request, we ask that you answer through the school request, and not answer the survey twice. The survey will be open through Sunday, April 24th.
We look forward to completing this process and completing a smooth transition from Sister Rose Mary’s leadership. I thank you in advance for your participation and assistance in our work to make Saint Joseph Catholic School a wonderful school for our children.
Father Steven Voss
Pastor Saint Joseph Catholic Church
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