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Changes ahead for Sandusky Central Catholic board

Alissa Widman Neese • Jul 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM


Members of Sandusky's three Catholic parishes will elect two new board members for Sandusky Central Catholic School this weekend.

During Masses on Saturday and Sunday, anyone in attendance can cast an anonymous vote at St. Mary's, Sts. Peter and Paul or Holy Angels parish.

Ballots will be at the end of church pews, and voters turn them in at the end of Mass.

The four individuals vying for three vacant seats: David Harrison, a current board member, and newcomers Christopher Kolar, Carla Pelz and Julie Youskievicz.

The two candidates with the most votes will receive seats, and parish pastors will appoint the third board member from the remaining two candidates.

Board members serve for three years and cannot be elected to more than two consecutive terms.

A committee comprised of current board members recommended all candidates for this weekend's ballots, said Emily Kasper, the school's new director of advancement and development.

A biography of each candidate, as well as a photo, is available in a PDF below.

In anticipation of Saturday's school board elections, the Register emailed school board president Tamara Humphrey a series of questions July 18 regarding the board's general makeup, policies and procedures.

Humphrey forwarded the Register's request to Kasper, who started her job July 1.

Kasper will now serve as the school's spokeswoman, while also working as a liaison between the board, the school's education foundation and its administrators, she said.

Through conversations with Kasper, the Register learned Humphrey will soon be replaced by a new board president, following the elections this weekend.

Kasper provided answers to all questions the Register asked, except whether school board has the authority to hire and fire Sandusky Central Catholic School employees.

The Register posed the following questions, based on inquiries from its readers:

Q: Who are the individuals on the school board, and how long has each been on the board?

A: The full list of board members will be posted on our new website, www.sanduskycc.org, after this weekend's elections. It's possible minutes from meetings will also be posted on the website, but that is ultimately the board's decision.

Q: How did Sandusky Central Catholic School determine who will be the candidates on this weekend's ballot?

A: The board appoints a nominating committee, which solicits nominations and establishes a slate of candidates. The candidates are presented for election to the general membership of each parish. Nominees are Catholic and committed to Catholic education.

Q: How do board members determine who will be president, and how long a term does a president serve?

A: The board's officers are chair (or president), vice chair and secretary, each appointed by the governance committee, which is comprised of board members. If approved by a majority of board members, its officers serve a one-year term, appointed by the bishop of Toledo.

The president develops agendas for board meetings with administrators, appoints all committee chairs and works with administrators to determine which staff members will serve on committees.

Q: What does the board do?

A: Its main duties and functions are to ensure quality programming for all students, including religious education, secular academic subjects and extracurricular activities. The board also reviews and approves the annual financial budget and monitors budget reports throughout the fiscal year. Its statutes are reviewed regularly, and the board's governance committee approves any changes. Board members do not receive compensation.

Q: How long has Sandusky Central Catholic School utilized a school board?

A: It has utilized a school board since Sandusky Central Catholic School formed from the consolidation of Sandusky's three Catholic elementary schools and one Catholic high school in 2002.

Q: Besides a school board, what other boards play a role in managing Sandusky Central Catholic School operations?

A: The two other boards that support the school are the SCCS Education Foundation, which manages endowment funds donated by benefactors, and the Central Catholic Athletic Boosters, which supports the efforts of the athletic department. All of these boards set their own meeting schedules and locations.

Q: What is Fr. Michael Roemmele's official title, "chancellor" or "vicar?" If his title was changed, why did this occur and does it alter his role as the school's leader in any capacity?

A: His official title is "vicar." This changed from "chancellor" at the request of the Diocese of Toledo. His responsibilities remain the same.

Sally Oberski, spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Toledo, provided the following statement Friday regarding the change:

"In every curia (or diocese), a chancellor is to be appointed whose principal function, unless particular law establishes otherwise, is to take care that the acts (official diocesan documents) of the curia are gathered, arranged and safeguarded in the archive of the curia," according to the Catholic Church's Code of Canon Law.

Simply put, the school's title of chancellor for Roemmele was incorrect and not canonically allowed, as there is only one chancellor for the Diocese of Toledo, Oberski said.

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