St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy is a financially independent entity from the Parish where The Board of Directors is the governing body.
Who is on the Board?
The members of the Board are alums or Parish members or persons affiliated with the school or members of the community.
We are a collaborative, congenial group filled with much enthusiasm and hope for the ongoing success of SFACA.
The Board is now in the process of forming working subcommittees to focus, more specifically, on the needs of the Academy. The subcommittees will be composed of one of the members of the Board, as well as, parents, and members of the community. They will attend to matters of finance, fundraising, marketing and development and the physical operations of the building plant.
You can assist the Mission of the Academy by contributing in your field of expertise through a subcommittee or as a consultant. Or, maybe you have a friend or an acquaintance that may be able to advance the Academy as a viable place for a child’s educational and spiritual Life.
We thank you for all your financial support in the past and encourage you to give generously or become part of our academy community.
We look forward to hearing from you.
The Board of Directors of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy
Diane R. Russo, Chairperson
More information about the Academy Model:
(Information from: http://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/schools/faq-catholic-academies/)
An academy is governed by a two-tiered board that is comprised of a Board of Directors and a Board of Members. The Board of Directors is composed of lay people who work with the principal, and the Board of Members is composed of clergy and safeguards the Catholic identity of the academy.
Every school within the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens will become an academy by the year 2017.
One key priority of Preserving the Vision, the strategic planning process for Catholic education in the Diocese of Brooklyn, is to transition all schools to academies by 2017. The main difference between a school and an academy is in the governance model. A Catholic school is governed by the parish, so the pastor is directly in charge. An academy is governed by a two-tiered board that is comprised of a Board of Directors and a Board of Members. The images below depict the models. You can also scroll down for parent information if your school is transitioning to an academy.
The Board of Members is comprised of pastors aligned to the academy, the bishop, and the superintendent. Together, they function as prime sponsors of the academy. They appoint the Directors and ensure the overall Catholic identity of the academy and its programs. In some cases the “Board of Members” oversee multiple academies.
The Board of Directors is composed of lay people who function as the governing body of the academy. They select the principal and serve as immediate supervising body. They are passionate about Catholic education and share their expertise in areas of: finance, facilities management, institutional advancement, marketing and public relations.
The principal is the instructional, educational, and spiritual leader of the academy, and chief educational operating officer. He or she also communicates directly with the Home/Academy Association.
The Home/Academy Association is comprised of parents who have children in the school. It serves to support and enrich the educational and formational endeavors of the academy, and works to promote a connection from home to academy.
The teachers and the staff members fulfill the mission of the academy. The teachers plan, guide, and evaluate the learning process of the students for whom the teachers are responsible within the framework of the academy’s philosophy, organization, and curriculum. The staff implements the mission through their assigned responsibilities.
What is Preserving the Vision?
Preserving the Vision is the name of the strategic planning process that will insure the future of Catholic education in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The process involves essential goals such as fostering Catholic identity and expanding development. To learn more about these goals, please visit our