NEW CATHOLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM UPDATE – DIOCESE OF DAVENPORT
In one of our blogs last year, we shared a success story from the Diocese of Davenport focusing on the four elementary schools and high school in Davenport and their future. A planning process was initiated to look to the challenges of and potential future for the schools.
“To begin addressing these challenges in a proactive fashion, pastors, school leaders and board members of Assumption High School, All Saints Catholic School, John F. Kennedy Catholic School, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School, and Lourdes Catholic School determined that a bold, collaborative change was necessary to ensure the strength and vitality of Catholic education in Scott County. As a result, local pastors, school and board leaders, partnering with Meitler, began investigating how to best approach the future in a proactive fashion. All believed that it was critical to engage each school and parish community in creating this new and dynamic vision.” (Meitler Blog)
The partnership of Meitler with the Catholic elementary schools began in 2018 and culminated in 2019. Now, two years after persistent efforts to bring a new vision into reality, the Scott County Catholic Schools are officially a new system of schools. The public relations release from the Scott County Catholic Schools Office shared the following:
“(DAVENPORT, IOWA) – On June 11, 2021, Scott County Catholic Schools (SCCS), a consortium of K-12 Catholic schools in Davenport and Bettendorf Iowa, filed Articles of Incorporation with the State of Iowa making it an officially registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit educational institution in the Hawkeye State.
‘The establishment of Scott County Catholic Schools is now official,’ said Andy Craig, President of Assumption High School and Co-leader of the SCCS Strategic Planning Committee. ‘With this important step completed, we are able to continue towards our goal of making SCCS the premier faith-based learning system in the Quad-Cities.’
‘The Articles of Incorporation and approval of bylaws are major milestones for Scott County Catholic Schools and the Diocese,’ said Rosie Barton, SCCS Strategic Plan Co-leader. ‘It has taken us 18 months of hard work to reach this point, but these are two of the most important steps in our regional reorganization process.’
Work continues at the subcommittee level in the areas of Finance, Governance, and Marketing, with significant progress occurring across all three areas. Upon completion, the regionalized schools model will lead to even greater educational and spiritual benefits to students and families including enhanced program offerings, improved efficiencies, and resource sharing, common tuition rates, updated facilities, as well as competitive compensation and benefits packages for attracting and retaining top-level teachers, administrators, and staff.”
Thank you again for your help with the strategic plan. I know we wouldn’t be as far as we are without the work you put in during your time here in Scott County.”
Andy Craig, President
Scott County Catholic Schools