Dear Friend of Notre Dame Parish School,
As you may be aware, Mr. Tom Smyth has resigned as principal of Notre Dame Parish School. We wish Tom well in all future endeavors and thank him for his service for the past two years.
To ensure a seamless leadership transition, we are working closely with the Diocese of Joliet Catholic Schools Office and the Notre Dame Parish School Principal Search Committee to find an excellent candidate who will serve as the next distinguished leader of our school. The purpose of this letter is to outline search actions to date and to request that you offer valuable input to the search process by prayerfully responding to a brief online survey.
The search process formally began on May 12, 2021. At this initial meeting, Karen Udell, Catholic Schools Office Assistant Superintendent of Leadership and Personnel, reviewed the Diocese of Joliet Principal Search Process Guidelines and developed a realistic timeline for the discernment of the new principal of our school.
One critical aspect of the principal search involves eliciting the ideas of faculty and staff members, parents, and parishioners regarding leadership qualities that are necessary to address the present and future needs of Notre Dame Parish School. To accomplish this task, the Catholic Schools Office has designed an online community survey instrument. The results of this survey will be carefully studied by the Search Committee and will be used both to create a Principal Profile and to inform the design of first and second-round interview protocols.
You are an important member of our school and parish family. We encourage you to share your thoughts with us regarding desired principal attributes by responding to this survey that may be directly accessed by clicking on the link below. If you experience difficulties in accessing this link, please copy and paste the link below into your browser.
Completing this instrument will require seven to ten minutes of your time. The survey will be posted from Monday, May 17, through midnight on Monday, May 31, 2021. Thank you in advance for your support as we begin the process of prayerfully discerning the next spiritual and instructional leader of Notre Dame Parish School.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Burke Masters & Rev. Mark Bernhard