Catholic high schools lay out vision for the future

Throughout the month of October, the Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Palm Beach are evaluating their faith missions and goals as accredited educational institutions. They undertake this endeavor through the guidance of Sister Carol Cimino of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester.

Having been the executive director of the Catholic School Administrators' Association of New York State from 1987 to 2003, Sister Cimino brings a wealth of knowledge in the planning and managing of Catholic schools. She has worked in a variety of positions in Catholic education and serves as an adjunct consultant with Catholic School Management Inc. and associate professor in the Catholic School Leadership Program at Manhattan College. In 2018, she retired as the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Buffalo, New York.

Sister Cimino, who played a key role in the evaluation of the Catholic elementary schools in the diocese in 2014, now applies her expertise to the creation of vision statements for the local Catholic high schools. She met with the principals of Cardinal Newman Catholic High School in West Palm Beach, John Carroll Catholic High School in Fort Pierce and Saint John Paul II Academy in Boca Raton in September to discuss their future, plus best plans and practices to achieve their goals.

“I will be meeting with each school for three weeks in October to observe and consult with them on the development of a clear vision statement. I asked them the question, ‘Where do you want your school to be in three to five years?’ Now, we work together on creating that vision statement based on four principals: Catholic identity, school academic programs, school leadership and governance and operational vitality,” Sister Cimino said.

Sister Cimino also led a school advisory council seminar on Sept. 7 at St. Juliana Catholic School in West Palm Beach in preparation for her meetings with the high schools. The topic for this year’s presentation was “Driven by the Mission: the Spirituality of Leadership.”

To learn more about the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Palm Beach, visit diocesepbschools.org. Follow the Office of Catholic Schools on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by following @DoPBCatholicSchools.