Another administrative change will take place in the Kaysinger Conference for the 2017-18 school year as Gary Manning has announced his resignation from Sacred Heart School.
The Democrat received the following statement, sent to parents of Sacred Heart students and parishioners, announcing Manning’s decision to resign.
“We are blessed to have leaders who embrace and carry out our school’s mission every day with integrity and dignity,” Father Mark Miller, C.P.P.S., wrote in his letter.
“In just three years, Dr. Gary Manning has helped advance quality Catholic education in many ways, including (but certainly not limited to) developing a more robust curriculum track, establishing mission trips, and adopting uniforms for our high school.
“At this time in our journey, Dr. Manning is asking us to embrace new leadership that is uniquely positioned to navigate our school through its next phase of growth. Dr. Manning is resigning his position as administrator, but will continue in full capacity with us until his contract ends June 30, 2017.
“In the meantime, we are working closely with school board and the diocesan Catholic School Office to identify Dr. Manning’s successor.”
Sacred Heart is part of the Diocese of Jefferson City, which sets the minimum qualifications for a principal at a Catholic School.
According to Miller, candidates must be a practicing Catholic, have several years of teaching experience and have a certificate for being a principal for the elementary and high school level.
Although the Diocese is hoping to have a successor named by April there is no specific time frame for the selection.
Miller did point to some specific guidelines the school is seeking.
“We are also in the midst of working with the Institute of School and Parish Development, a national Catholic consulting firm, to assist us in the process of developing a 10-year strategic plan for the school,” Miller said. “Part of our strategic plan includes evaluating our leadership model so that we are organizationally positioned to successfully carry out our plan.
“Our planning process will take us into October, at which time we will have a better idea of what we will need to do to continue our school in the future,” Miller added.
Miller, the superintendent of Sacred Heart School, has assembled a multi-disciplined group of local professionals into a Principal Search Committee.
The committee will work closely with the Jefferson City Catholic Diocese to recommend the best candidate to lead the school.
“We are very excited about Sacred Heart School’s future, ” said Paul Beykirch, a SHS alumnus and member of the search committee. “Father Miller indicated to the committee this provides an excellent choice for education, personal growth and firm establishment of Christian values.
“Our curriculum is strong, graduation rates are superb with over 95 percent of the high school seniors seeking college education,” he added.
Both Beykirch and Miller indicated they were confident the new principal will flourish with Sacred Heart’s momentum.
Manning was attending a conference and was unavailable for comment at press time.
The only private school in the 11-member Kaysinger Conference, Manning’s announcement follows the resignations of Matt Teeter, superintendent at Smithton R-VI, and Cody Hirschi, superintendent at Pettis County R-V, who have both accepted other superintendent positions in the state.
Green Ridge R-VIII also replaced their former superintendent, Cara Easter, after she was placed on administrative leave and then resigned from her position Sept. 21.
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