During the 2021-2022 academic year, Saint Elizabeth Parish School is introducing two important initiatives designed to support and strengthen its educational mission and community life.

A Board of Limited Jurisdiction (BLJ) was inaugurated in early August.  The Board’s primary goal is to promote and advance the mission of the parish school with regard to the education and the faith development of its students. In collaboration with Father Mullin and Dr. Diane Greco, the parish school principal, the BLJ will work to ensure that the parish school fulfills its purpose of assisting all students to reach the fullness of Christian life, as well as ensuring the health of school finances to secure the appropriate course of education prescribed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Appointed members of the board include school parents as well as professionals with relevant expertise who will provide policy direction to the school in areas of advancement, financial planning, strategic planning, administrative and personnel decisions.

“In the past, our parish school had an advisory council which acted as an idea generator,” explained Dr. Diane Greco. “The new BLJ will broaden this scope as we bring together professionals in education, finance and corporate leadership who will take ideas and execute solid policies to maintain and support the direction of the school.”

The Home and School Association (HSA) aims to build a strong, cohesive educational community by facilitating communication and collaboration between parents and the parish school faculty and staff. This newly formed group will work to increase the active involvement of parents in the life of the school community, while supporting the long-term viability and growth of the school.

“The HSA will provide school parents with more of a voice and broader involvement and participation in our school community,” commented Dr. Greco. “We will concentrate on getting as many families involved as possible, focusing on the social aspects of school life. Our leadership team will create opportunities for social interaction and community building among parents, students and school staff.” Dr. Greco added that the association is not a fund-raising organization; its mission is directed at fostering community and creating awareness and appreciation for the value of Catholic school education among parish school families and within the parish community as a whole.

Both organizations are meeting regularly during the current school year and are now planning several special events for parish school families and for parishioners at large in support of the parish school. With hopeful expectation, Dr. Greco concluded: “We look forward to building the school community, connecting with more families and providing support and strength to our school through these new exciting initiatives.”

  • Julie Krumenacker