|1/16/2013 1:49:00 PM|
Board of directors honored
Blanchet School photo
Robert Saalfeld, Ron Hittner, Lowell Smith (vice chair), Kevin Mannix (chair), Kevin FitzPatrick, John Salstrom, Garth Brandaw, Donna Garventa (secretary) and Fr. Todd Molinari. Not pictured: Doug Weathers (treasurer), James Kreitzberg, Elizabeth Vargas Duncan and Theresa Haskins.
Each year the National Catholic Education Association Department of Boards and Councils of Catholic Education recognizes a few Catholic education boards, councils and commissions. Blanchet Catholic School’s board of directors was selected as a recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Board Award. An award ceremony will take place in Houston in April.
Blanchet operates with a 14-member board of directors. Three board members are part of the original group that petitioned the Archdiocese of Portland in 1995 to open the school in a city where two previous Catholic high schools had closed.
The board’s accomplishments include:
• Reaching out to alumni from previous Salem Catholic high schools to assist them in reuniting with each other and developing interest in Blanchet;
•Guiding the school through the process of growing from a school with 110 students in grades 7-9 into a highly regarded college preparatory school offering education to youth in grades 6-12 and a facility capable of serving 400 students;
• Developing balanced budgets while purchasing the school campus and guiding the school through major remodeling and construction projects.