School Board- AGH 2016 School Board of Excellence

Welcome, to our new and returning families!

I want to share with you and provide information about the St. Helen Catholic School
Board. Listed below is a brief summary of some of the guidelines that we are required
to follow by the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston. Also listed are all of our members
and their e-mail addresses should you ever have a question or concern. As president of
your school board, I encourage you to participate and be involved in your child’s
education and school. We are a volunteer-driven school. Together we can ensure St.
Helen Catholic School will help our families grow in wisdom, age and grace.

Heather James, President St. Helen Catholic School Board


Role of Catholic School Board (cited from, Archdiocese Catholic School Board Guidelines)
  • Long-term Strategic Planning;
    • When the long-term strategic plan, including specific actions and strategies, is complete, it becomes the basic guideline document for the principal, pastor and board. This plan should be viewed not as an end itself, but as a prerequisite to and part of good
      development, and as an important help to the school in carrying out its mission and
  • Assume leadership roles by serving on board committees to recommend policies and action
    plans that will help meet the needs of the school now and in the future;
  • Assist the principal and pastor in school marketing, development, recruitment, communications, facilities and financial planning;
  • Give input in the evaluation of the principal as requested; and
  • Be the “Good-will Ambassador”. Promote and communicate the “great things that are
    happening at the school”.
  • St. Helen Catholic School Board is advisory to the Principal, Phyliss Coleman and Pastor, Rev. Jim Courville. The board consists of the pastor, principal, faculty representative, three parishioner positions and four parent positions all positions have three year terms.
  • They assist and support Mrs. Coleman and Rev. Jim Courville by recommending policy,
    identifying and articulating the educational needs and aspirations of the school and the
    school/parish community and in articulating and communicating the St. Helen Catholic
    School’s Mission statement:

The mission of St. Helen Catholic School is to provide a well-rounded
education emphasizing Catholic ideals of academic excellence, personal
integrity, Christian service, and enduring faith. St. Helen Catholic School is a
culturally diverse community composed of the clergy, parishioners, parents,
students, school personnel, and all who help to fulfill the school’s mission. St.
Helen Catholic School promotes high academic standards within a Christcentered,
spiritual environment. Members of the St. Helen community seek
to teach Catholic values, strengthen students in the Catholic faith, focus on
the education of the whole person, and witness to the presence of Jesus
Christ in the world.

2016-2017 School Board Members
Fr. Jim Courville`Parochial Vicar`
Phyliss Coleman`Principal`
Heather James`President`
Janet Kilroy`Vice President`
Marie McCorkle `Parishioner`
Kay Ann Kernek`Parishioner`
Ann Strouhal`Parishioner`
Macie Ingram`Parent`

Ashley Jarrell`Parent`

Jennifer Spade`Parent`

Ellen Silvas`Faculty Representative`


School Board Meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month during the school year @ 8:45 A.M. Dates are subject to change; check the monthly school calendar for the confirmed date. To be placed on the agenda contact the principal and/or the school board president at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting. Agenda topics need to be more generalized in nature and be for the good of the entire school. You may always contact any board member to discuss any question or concern that you may have. Parents are welcome to attend a school board meeting as a visitor, but according to the By-Laws, The right of non-members to address the board shall be limited to those individuals who petition has been submitted and approved for inclusion on the agenda.


School Board Minutes