The School Advisory Council of St. Francis Central Catholic School is entrusted as a consultative voice to initiate creative ideas, to be an active participant in making recommendations, and to assist in implementing decisions which remain within the province of the school Principal and the designated school Pastor.
Unlike public school boards, Catholic school advisory councils operate under the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law. The designated school pastor, in collaboration with the school principal, has the final authority to accept or reject the recommendations of the School Advisory Council.
Differences between Public School Boards and Catholic School Advisory Councils
Public School Board
Catholic School Advisory Council
|End: Free education for all||End: Provide Catholic education to those who choose it|
|Responsibility: For school system’s general operation||Responsibility: For one particular school|
|Orientation: Civil, Societal||Orientation: Catholic Church|
|Type: Regulatory||Type: Consultative|
|Entity: Legal||Entity: Not Legal|
|Establishment: By law||Establishment: Episcopal mandate|
|Membership: Elected to represent constituencies||Membership: Elected or appointed|
|Impact: Own locality||Impact: Entire mission of the Church|