1. The Bishop
The Bishop, the Chief Pastor of the Diocese, is officially responsible for all educational programs within the diocese. This responsibility extends beyond the spiritual formation of his people and includes all those elements which contribute to the development of the total Christian community. All school policies and practices must have the approval of the Bishop or those to whom he delegates this responsibility. As Chairman of the Diocesan Consultative School Board, the Bishop acts as the executive for all educational institutions within his jurisdiction.
2. Diocesan Office of Faith Formation
The Bishop, in his role as Chief Educator, delegates the everyday administration of the Catholic Schools in the Diocese to the Office of Faith Formation. The Department is headed by the Superintendent of Catholic Schools who is the executive secretary of the Diocesan Consultative School Board.
3. Superintendent of Catholic Schools
As an appointee of the Bishop, the Superintendent is responsible for reporting directly to the Bishop, or his delegate, and the Diocesan Consultative School Board all matters affecting the Diocesan schools. S/he establishes a School Department and oversees this department in the administration and supervision of Catholic education in the schools of the diocese.
The Pastor as head of the parish is responsible for all educational programs within the parish. As such and subject to Diocesan Catholic school policies, the Pastor delegates the administration of the school to the Rector and Principal. The Pastor determines the policies of the school according to the needs of the parish, but always in harmony with the regulations of the Diocesan School Board.
- He has the final decision in all questions of admission or expulsion of pupils.
- He has the right to be consulted in all serious disciplinary matters.
- He should be consulted before any school activity is undertaken which may involve publicity.
- He has the responsibility of setting and maintaining the spiritual tone of the school and of directing the religious education of the children.
- He approves employment and when necessary, approves termination of Faculty/Staff members.
The rector is the immediate full-time delegate of the pastor within the school community. In close collaboration with the pastor, he exercises spiritual leadership in the school, ensuring that its Catholic mission and identity are upheld in all aspects of its programs and making opportunities for spiritual growth available to all members of the school community. Additionally, he chairs the Consultative School Board, supervises the Principal, works for the development of adequate resources for the educational program, oversees the maintenance of the facilities, represents the school to the media and the public, coordinates all school fundraising, supervises admissions, and approves beforehand all school publications. The rector presides over the meetings of the Administrative Board.
The principal is delegated by the pastor to oversee the day-to-day operations of the school in close collaboration with the rector. The principal is the immediate supervisor of the faculty and staff and is a member of the Consultative School Board. The principal is the educational leader within the school community and is responsible for maintaining and evaluating the academic and disciplinary programs of the school, providing for ongoing assessment of student needs and achievement. The principal selects and acquires instructional materials for the school and provides for Teacher training and in service. Additionally, the principal chairs the Parent Auxiliary Board, presides over all faculty and parent meetings, administers the school budget, implements government programs, remedial enrichment and extracurricular activities, and represents the school at all principals' meetings. The Principal is also a member of the Administrative Board.
7. Vice Principal
The vice principal assists the principal with various administrative functions insofar as his/her teaching schedule permits. The vice principal works in close collaboration with the rector to ensure the smooth operation of the school in the absence of the principal. The vice principal is also a member of the Administrative Board.
8. Administrative Board
The Administrative Board consists of the rector, principal and vice principal. The Board meets at least twice a month to plan agenda for upcoming faculty meetings, to maintain an ongoing assessment of the progress of the school year, to facilitate clear communication throughout the school community, to address long term planning issues within the school and other issues of particular or general concern which arise between faculty meetings.
Teachers form the heart and core of the educational experience at St. John the Baptist School. The ultimate success of the school depends on them more than on any other factor. They motivate students to follow the example of Christ, striving to teach the Christian virtues by personal example as well as by explicit instruction. They follow a prescribed curriculum in all subject areas and make intelligent use of supplementary materials and teaching aids. They conscientiously prepare for every class and analyze and interpret students' work and test results with a view to discovering opportunities for improvement. They provide for individual differences and cultivate students' work habits and study skills. Teachers improve their own teaching by means of professional reading, attendance at teachers' meetings and continuing education. Teachers also ensure that students are supervised at all times throughout the school day and observe the code of professional ethics of the Teaching Profession of the State of California.
Various staff members support the work of the teachers and the administration through their dedicated service to the school. They conduct themselves at all times according to the mission and philosophy of the school, in the spirit of the Gospel of Christ. Staff members receive their assignments from the Administration of the school and work under the supervision of one of the school administrators. They conduct themselves at all times according to the highest standards of professionalism and Christian courtesy, especially in dealing with parents and other visitors to the school.
11. Consultative School Board
The local consultative school board assists the Pastor, Rector and Principal in the formulation of general school policies, finances, development, marketing, long-range planning, fundraising as part of the long-range plan, public relations and other assigned areas. The board members are appointed by the Rector in close collaboration with the Pastor and are generally community members with expertise in various areas who are committed to ensuring the stability and growth of St. John the Baptist School as an institution which contributes to the well-being of the local community. To avoid potential conflicts of interest, board members are not parents of currently enrolled students. The Rector chairs the meetings, although neither he nor the pastor or principal are voting members of the board since its purpose is to advise the administration.
12. Parent Auxiliary Board
The Parent Auxiliary Board provides whatever assistance to the school is requested by the Principal. The Auxiliary Board is responsible for annual fundraisers, volunteers, parent volunteer hours, playground aides, and other assigned tasks. The officers of the Board are appointed by the Principal and work in close concert with the Principal to contribute to the overall enhancement of the school's programs.