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I worked at Archdiocese of Louisville full-time (more than 10 years)Pros
Opportunity to spend more effort on teaching students instead of disciplining most of time.Cons
The majority of students and parents are good, reasonable people. However, administration is concerned more and more with marketing to get butts in seats. Direction of educational institutions has become much more of a support network for students' various desires for elements previously done in home life. Parents, who are working hard to pay tuition, want schools to handle more of their children's emotional development than educational growth. Biggest drivers of increased tuition are non academic services!!
THERE ARE THREE BLOATED AREAS BEHIND MAJOR COST INCREASES IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION:
#1 FACILITIES: Building modern, attractive facilities for student extra curricular life that will keep kids happy enough not to change schools before graduation. Maintenance is essential. However, the bragging / marketing from upgrades is what often makes parents and students settle on one institution over another. Many parents claim it's all about the education. But, the without lovely campus, most families move on to prettier places for their kids to enjoy.
#2 EVER GROWING STUDENT SERVICES: Many of which are attempting to fill in most of the areas that parents and families previously maintained. From food courts, more and specialized counseling services, medical services, coaching services, etc. -- schools that promise wellness and activities to intervene and / or entertain all of the student body get expensive.
#3 ADMINISTRATION: Want to know where the bigger salaries are in Catholic Schools? Find administrators with growing numbers and / or sizes of offices and that's where the greatest drivers of cost increase exist. Administrators expand their reach by making promises which others must keep. This leads to the need for more clerical support staff and more costs. Would it not be interesting to have the yearly audits of St. Xavier, Trinity, Sacred Heart, Assumption, Mercy, Presentation and ALL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS be forced to PUBLISH THE ENTIRE SALARY and COMPENSATION PACKAGE OF EVERY SINGLE ADMINISTRATOR IN THE CITY??? Unless (during the average school day) you are strictly a full time teacher, clerical worker, IT staff, or facilities crew--- let the Catholic community of Louisville see what financial resources administrators consume from the pot! "Yes", many work hard for the money. But, doesn't the faculty and staff who have less pay than JCPS, tiny comparative retirement, and ZERO JOB SECURITY.Advice to ManagementAdvice
The world is changing and we all must evolve with it. But, the foundations of a Catholic Education seem less and less about Catholicism nor education. There's really quite little reality developing between Catholic Schools and private preparatory schools. You can come up with some nifty bullet points and photo opportunities for your year around marketing. However, KCD and Collegiate are just somewhat more expensive, and perhaps a bit more elitist, "prep" schools. Faculty may keep their mouths shut when parents or administrators can hear (out of fear for reprisal), but they are well aware how resources get allocated and who's actually held responsible for most of student body's education.Doesn't RecommendNeutral Outlook
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