The diocese’s only Catholic school that offers pre-kindergarten through high school is laying the foundation for growth and a new leadership model to help handle it.
Beginning next fall, Sacred Heart School in Sedalia will have a three-person leadership team, consisting of a president, a principal and an assistant principal.
Dr. Mark Register, the current principal, will serve as the school’s first president.
He will go from full-time to part-time and will continue to teach one high school religion class.
The school will hire a new full-time principal and a part-time assistant principal.
The principal will also teach one high school class. The assistant principal will spend three hours a day teaching in addition to part-time administrative responsibilities.
This arrangement means there will be no increase in the school’s administrative budget.
The president will focus primarily on spiritual leadership, collaborating with the pastors of St. Vincent de Paul parish and the parish finance director on finances and management of buildings and grounds.
“Our goal is for the person in this position also to enhance marketing, communications and public relations efforts,” Dr. Register stated.
The principal and assistant principal will focus primarily on day-to-day operations as well as continuous improvement in the teaching process, including implementation of appropriate professional development and more-effective teacher observation and evaluation.
The principal and assistant principal will also focus on curriculum evaluation and development, along with the addition and improvement of student programs and co-curricular offerings.
All three administrators will work together to develop and effectively implement a comprehensive educational agenda for the school.
This new administrative model, developed by the school’s Strategic Growth Committee, will also help assure continuity and a potential line of leadership succession.
“If one member of the leadership team moves on for any reason, other members of the team remain in place to keep school improvement initiatives going forward,” Dr. Register noted.
“It is also reasonable to assume that individuals in one role of administration might accept promotions into larger roles as skills and experiences are developed,” he said.
Dr. Register, who graduated from Sacred Heart, taught and coached there for many years and is serving as principal for the second time, believes the new arrangement holds great promise for the school.
“With confidence, I am predicting that this team will design and support Sacred Heart’s key instructional and spiritual initiatives, develop teachers and staff, and lead students through a challenging college preparatory curriculum,” he said.
“In this manner, Sacred Heart School will continue to progress in the pursuit of extraordinary Catholic education, through Christ, for all!” he said.
Anyone interested in applying for the principal position should contact Mr. Register at (660) 827-3900 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.