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​​​​The Department of Catholic Schools at the elementary school level supports pastors and principals as they administer their schools. In addition to the services enumerated previously, the Department of Catholic Schools at the elementary school level is responsible for:

  • Providing direction through policy formulation that supports the high achievement of all students

  • Identifying potential leaders of schools and supporting the process of recruiting, selecting, and hiring new principals

  • Developing resources for the faith development of principals, teachers, and staff members

  • Directing a systemic approach to curriculum development and improvement in curriculum planning and evaluation

  • Providing and coordinating staff development with a focus on curriculum and instruction

  • Providing training and support for financial oversight and planning, marketing and development, public relations, and enrollment management

3.4.2.1 Superintendent of Elementary Schools

The superintendent of elementary schools is appointed by the archbishop and is directly responsible to the chancellor. The superintendent is the senior administrative person responsible for working with parish and archdiocesan leadership to establish a collaborative, ongoing culture of excellent education and continued growth that will ensure vibrant Catholic elementary schools for current students and future generations in the archdiocese.

The superintendent provides collaborative leadership for elementary schools particularly in the areas of faith formation, educational excellence, and effe​ctive stewardship. He or she reflects the commitment to the Catholic mission, identity, and faith formation in Catholic elementary schools and early childhood education programs. The superintendent works with parishes and archdiocesan leadership to explore various forms of local governance models, and for schools under the direct supervision of the Department of Catholic Schools, he or she oversees the governance of those schools. The superintendent works directly with the assistant superintendents to achieve these goals and represents the archdiocese on behalf of the Catholic elementary schools.

In the Department of Catholic Schools and the Archdiocesan Catholic Center (ACC), the superintendent of elementary schools works with the superintendent of high schools​ and other senior staff members of the Department of Catholic Schools and the ACC to develop the overall goals for Catholic school education, the department budget, and other archdiocesan efforts.

3.4.2.2 Associate Superintendent of Elementary Schools

The associate superintendent of elementary schools is appointed by the superintendent of elementary schools. The associate superintendent provides support to the superintendent and acts in the place of the superintendent when the need arises. In addition, the associate superintendent performs the same duties as an assistant superintendent.

3.4.2.3 Assistant Superintendents of Elementary Schools

The assistant superintendents of elementary schools are appointed by and accountable to the superintendent of elementary schools. They have direct responsibility for particular schools assigned to them.

Each assistant superintendent works with the principals in the implementation of a broad array of programs and functions. These responsibilities encompass the areas of spiritual development, realization of the school's mission and philosophy, curriculum, co-curricular activities, fiscal policies, discipline, personnel practices, community relations, and the school plant. Each assistant superintendent assists and advises pastors in the recruitment and selection of principals, and serves as a resource in the recruitment, selection, and oversight of elementary school teaching staff. In fulfilling this role, the assistant superintendent is directly responsible to the superintendent.

Assistant superintendents are assigned leadership roles in the areas of faith, excellence, and stewardship​.

3.4.2.4 Directors and Commissioner

From time to time, the superintendent of elementary schools appoints directors and a commissioner to assist with specific programs within the Department of Catholic Schools to respond to current needs. In 2014, the directors and commissioner include:

Director of Leadership

  • Responsible for the process of recruiting, selecting, hiring, and training principals

Director of Personnel

  • Responsible for human relations support to the Leadership Formation Program and principals

Director of Educational Technology

  • Responsible for supporting schools in the integration and implementation of educational technology

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