Board of Education Minutes – June 2017

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St. Stephen the Martyr
Board of Education Minutes

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
GPC Conference Room




Deacon Ernie Abbott, Mary Maguire, Amie Konwinski, John Kalkowski, Todd Hartz, Stephanie Tupper, Dawn Stock


Absent:  Fr. Jim Tiegs, Dr. Roseanne Williby, Jen Carda, Patrick Cooley


Opening Prayer: Deacon Ernie Abbott


Approval of Minutes:  April 2017 minutes approved


  • Welcoming of new members (Todd Hartz in attendance/Patrick Cooley Absent)
  • Review of Constitution/BOE purpose/function


Pastor’s Report/Stewardship Report:  Deacon Ernie Abbott


  • Rummage Sale planning
    • Sale is July 13, 14, 15
  • Parish Festival planning
    • Next meeting July 12th at 6 pm
  • Omaha Gives on 5/24/17
    • Goal was $50,000; raised $7,100
  • Fatima Statue Visit
    • May 28th – well attended
  • Archbishop’s Annual Appeal
    • 543 Family Commitments, 111.2% of goal
    • $163,108.00 so far
  • Other Efforts in the works
    • Stewardship Renewal test continues
    • Martyr Madness still no final numbers, expected income: $115k
    • Planning had begun for Christ Renews His Parish in Spring 2018
    • Parish Census Update – still holding
  • Review of SSM School Population Trends
    • Will review in August 2017 for enrollment numbers for 2017-18
  • Disciple Maker Index (DMI) statistical breakdown
    • SSM comparable to Diocesan Average
    • Strengths:
      • The belief that Scripture is the Word of God
      • Welcoming Community
    • Opportunities:
      • Parish helps spiritual growth
      • Mass helps my spiritual growth
      • Sharing my personal story
      • Forming as a Disciple
      • Preaching helps my spiritual growth
    • Next steps:
      • Communicate the results to:
        • Staff
        • Finance, Education, Pastoral Council Boards
        • Parishioners in the pews
        • Parishioners not in the pews
      • Methods to use:
        • Bulletin
        • Website
        • Email blast
        • Mass Announcements
        • Social media


School Report:  Dr. Roseanne Williby


  • Not addressed at this meeting


RE and YM Report:  Mary Maguire


  • Religious Education
    • Special Family Connection
    • Alive in Christ – new religion curriculum
    • Registration
      • Expect approximately 1,000 enrolled
    • Fall Catechist In-service
      • Wednesday, August 9th at 6 pm
    • Classes resume Tues./Wed. – August 22/23, 2017
      • Sunday school begins August 20th, open house on August 13th for families
    • VBS – over capacity
    • Sacrament Preparations
      • Dates can be found on website
      • Stewardship reflections can only be completed on-line – no paper forms are accepted
      • Journey of Faith – students filling out their Journey of Faith forms with their patron saint’s name and reflection
      • Rite of Christian Initiation
        • Meet with Laura weekly; positive experience; for children and teens age 7-18 years
      • Youth Ministry
        • YM Parent Questionnaire – survey is still on-line!
        • Parent Life Site (Parent Support) – Life Teen resource for free of charge
        • Life Teen Youth Ministry Certification through Franciscan University and Life Teen
        • See summer 2017 flyer for events, dates, and times!


Old Business:


  • Teacher of the Year Awards
  • Teacher contracts, retirements, resignations, etc.
    • 2nd grade position open
  • Registration and enrollment for 2017-18
    • Re-visit in August


New Business:


  • Goal to review BOE constitution policy/procedures – will review at July meeting
  • Laptop agreement – Tom Marble and Roseanne Williby will review changes/suggestions – will review at July meeting


Closing Prayer:  Deacon Ernie Abbott



Author: tmarble