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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076

Parent-School Leadership Restructuring

Almost a year ago, we began exploring how our parent-school leadership structure could better meet the needs of the school community.

At a joint meeting of the Home School Association (H.S.A.) and School Advisory Board (S.A.B.), I proposed that we improve our efficiency by combining our two parent organizations -- the H.S.A. and the S.A.B.

Under the plan, the school board (S.A.B.) would work with the principal and pastor to determine the school's needs and goals, and the Home School Association (H.S.A.) would raise money to meet those goals.

The general idea was to get the most out of our parent volunteers and to make well-informed school-improvement decisions.

The proposal received a positive response from SJB parents. Many parents at the meeting agreed that implementing the plan would require more work.

Several parents, including the leaders of the School Advisory Board and Home School Association, agreed to serve on a committee that would work on writing details of the proposal and present it to SJB parents at the H.S.A. meeting in October.

The Transition Committee has been working for several months on the plan and is ready to present it to parents. The plan will be the topic of the H.S.A. meeting on Monday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 pm in the school library.

In an effort to keep our community informed, we have created this webpage on our school website with information about the plan. 

We ask that you look over the information about the new school leadership structure. Our hope is that you will support the proposal, just as the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Washington and Father David, our pastor, have supported it.

Under the proposal, the School Advisory Board would have open monthly meetings, similar to the current H.S.A. meetings, and the H.S.A. would continue with its community-building activities such as International Night.

Information about the plan, including any updates, will be posted on this page of our school website. We've included a timeline for approval and descriptions and responsibilities of members of the new school board. If you have questions, send them to, and members of the transition team will do their best to answer them.

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 The documents above are available here for download:

Proposed Parent-School Organization

Committee Chairs & Members



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