Unity Board

Unity Board Organization Members:

  • Chairperson: Richard Clark
  • Vice-Chairperson: Michael Schaefer
  • Matt Mangers
  • Logan Pritchard
  • Scott Schneider
  • Mark Jacobi
  • Jalaene Choquette
  • Karess Mailander
  • Fr. Hazuka
  • Fr. Kubat
  • Fr. Brouillette
  • Fr. Rowan
  • Carrie Rasmussen
  • John Zach
  • Julie Blazer
  • Hauli Sabatka

Meetings: Unity Board meetings are typically held on the third Monday of each month during the school year.

May 2021 Unity Board Summary - click here

History of the Unity Board

The Unity Board was developed in 2011 out of a need to connect the local school community and the school administration, foster better communication and active cooperation, and develop a more structured system. The Board was developed at that time to reverse the negative enrollment, financial, and school culture trend and to strategically plan for the bright future of Hastings Catholic Schools. Thanks to the grace of God and these efforts, the Unity Board, school, and parishes are pleased to report strong positive trends for HCS!

The following is a brief timeline highlighting the history of the Unity Board and its accomplishments:

2011 Initiated HCS Community-Wide Discussions
2011 Held First Elections
2011 Developed By-Laws
2011 Developed Unity Board Committees
2011 Began Annual Appeal and Consolidation of Fundraising
2011 Began Having a Balanced Budget
2012 Presented and Implemented Tuition Policy
2012 Adopted a New School Crest/Logo
2012 Hired an Enrollment Coordinator
2013 Hired Lay Person as St. Michael's Principal
2013 Purchased CRM Software, Little Green Light, to Better Track Fundraising and Enrollment Efforts
2013 Decided to Pursue Implementation of Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline
2014 Began Strategic Plan Development with Input from a Cross-Section of Stakeholders
2014 Implemented a Child Care Program
2014 Developed and Adopted a Co-Op Policy
2014 Enrollment Trend Was Positive for First Time in 10 Years
2014 Implemented Campus Ministry
2014 Dedicated Staff Time to Campus Ministry (0.5 FTE)
2014 Paid Off Over $1 Million in Debt Over Past 4 Years
2015 St. Cecilia Principal and Assistant Principal Position Combined, Served by Lay Person
2015 Paid Off St. Michael's School Loan
2016 Hired Advancement Director
2016 Implemented Family Participation Plan (SignUp Genius)
2016 Conducted Feasibility Study Regarding Future Building Project and Teacher Pay and Benefits
2016 Implemented a Buildings and Grounds Committee
2017 Hired Director of Maintenance
2017 Continued to Acquire Property for Campus Purposes
2017 Began Danielson Framework for Faculty Evaluation Process
2017 Installed a Chair Lift at St. Cecilia Middle School to Improve Building Accessibility
2017 Adopted Girls' Varsity Softball Program
2017 Purchased Former YWCA for Use as Administrative Offices and Renamed to Nevrivy Center
2018 Implemented Inaugural Traveling Career Day
2018 Honored Record Number of Regents Scholars (Seven Students)
2018 Amended Activities Director Position and Engaged Selection Committee During Hiring Process
2018 Recognized Cecilian Awardees to Replace Valedictorian and Salutatorian at Graduation

Purpose of the Unity Board

    • Study and investigate issues relevant to the operation of HCS including, but not limited to, finance, facilities, faith, school experience, and enrollment and marketing
    • Assist the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO - formerly called Superintendent) in his duties by providing advice and serving as a sounding board
    • Serve as a conduit of communication between the school administration and the school community
  • Act as an energetic and dynamic leadership group to advance the vision of the Hastings Catholic School system and to advise and assist the CAO in his duties as the delegate of the Ordinary of the Diocese of Lincoln and administrator of the schools, by designing, authoring, and approving policies that will be recommended to be used to guide and shape the operations of HCS

Unity Board Committees

  1. Executive Committee (composed of the President, Vice President, Secretary, CAO, St. Cecilia Parish Pastor, and St. Michael's Parish Pastor)
    • HCS Handbook and Policy Committee
    • Strategic Planning
    • Human Resources
    • Research
  2. Finance
    • Income Development
    • Capital Development
  3. Faith
    • Stewardship and Catholic Identity
  4. School Experience
    • Academic Development
    • Activities
    • Diversity Outreach
  5. Facilities
    • Buildings and Grounds Committee
  6. Enrollment and Marketing
    • Community Relations

Additionally a Unity Board representative from the St. Cecilia and St. Michael's Parishes will be requested to also represent the Unity Board at Parish Council meetings.