Strategic Plan Update and Next Steps


What is Strategic Planning? A Strategic Plan aligns with the school’s mission and communicates the vision to inspire our future. It collaboratively defines goals and objectives, and at the conclusion of the process, positions the school for transformational change.

Why is St. Patrick completing a 5-year Strategic Plan? The School Advisory Council and Administration recognize that St. Patrick has grown and accomplished much. However, it is imperative that we have a documented vision that guides us, ensuring that our longstanding history of Catholic education triumphs in these ever-changing times. Over the next nine months, we will examine eight critical domains and focus on where we have been, where we are, and where we want to be in the future. Please know that this process is a participative and collaborative effort, and we look forward to gaining your perspective.

Why does it Matter to You? This is your school and the Goals and Objectives that come out of the Strategic Plan will drive the direction of the school.

Status Update: On March 8, 2021, the School Advisory Council and the Domain Chairs met with our consultant, Partners in Mission, to discuss objectives, timelines and project expectations.  Kathleen Casey from Partners in Mission led the session and walked the group through the process, logic behind the process, and created a vision for what a successful strategic plan would look like when completed.  Each person leaving the meeting was tasked with specific action items, including key deadlines.

Domains & Chairs: 
We are very blessed to have dedicated domain chairs and staff members working on this endeavor.  These volunteers are generously offering their time, talent and energy to build a greater future for the St. Patrick Community.  

There are eight domains – or key areas, that will be addressed in this plan: 

Academics/Tech: Dr. Pam Pannell, Kimberly Lyons, & Susie Tavel
Advancement:  Dr. Jennifer Sutton, Aimee McLendon, & Patrick Miller
Enrollment:  Jamie Dick, Robert Morris, & Diane Collier
Facilities/Tech:  Russell Taylor, Gerrod Kilpatrick, & Trey Bailey
Finances:  Renee Dellenger, Else’ Marie, & Catherine Fountain
Governance:  Matthew Mestayer, Joey Beattie, & Anthony Gruich
Catholic Identity:  Father Greg Barras, Bill Lawson, & Terry Creel
Student Life (includes Arts & Athletics):  Julie Cruthirds, Dr. Greg Patino, & Debbie Worrel

School Leadership: Dr. Matt Buckley
Steering Committee Chairs: Marshall Eleuterius & Father Ryan McCoy

Each set of domain chairs has been provided with a “book of knowledge,” containing historical data.  This data, combined with additional data gathering, interviews, and community engagement will help to construct a three to five-page narrative from each domain.  The narrative is a historical document that outlines the past and present.  It is a statement of fact and offers no ideas or suggestions (that is later).  This information is then compiled, analyzed, and cross-referenced with other domain reports to find commonalities, trends and identify key issues.  A SWOT analysis is part of this process.

Phase III is where the magic happens – but we will discuss that in a later update!

There was a special prayer recited at the beginning of the meeting.  The last three lines reinforces that a strategic plan is not merely for short-term results, but rather long-term success that drives transformational change.

“We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.”

We are grateful for your support.

Onward and Upward!
Marshall Eleuterius, Father Ryan McCoy, and Dr. Matt Buckley