Announcing the Tolton Catholic Advisory Council

Announcing the Tolton Catholic Advisory Board

This week the Fr. Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School Board of Directors appointed eleven members to the school’s Advisory Council, which will work in cooperation with the Fr. Tolton high school administration.

The new Advisory Council members are:

From Our Lady Of Lourdes Parish:
Marcie Elfrink, Jay Burchfield, Doug Callahan, Jeff Guinn, Cheryl Kelly, Christine Konrad

From St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish:
Steve Long, Dr. Avila Nilon

From Sacred Heart (Columbia) Parish:
Bryan Mayhan

From Sts. Peter and Paul Parish (Boonville):
Theresa Krebs

From St. Pius X Parish (Moberly):
Jeanne Steffes

The Advisory Council’s responsibilities include: assisting in annual budget preparation; development of long-range plans; assisting in reviewing and formulation of school policy, and policies on facility use and maintenance; community relations; making recommendations regarding faith and Catholic identity, academic and athletic programs; and assisting the Board of Directors, as requested, in candidate searches for, and evaluation of, the school president and principal.

Jay Burchfield has accepted an appointment to serve as the first Council President.  Committee chairperson appointments for the standing Council committees, Faith and Catholic Identity, Finance, Facilities, Academic and Athletics will be announced shortly.

Council members will receive a communication soon regarding the first Council meeting which is planned for November.

A highly-qualified pool of 30 candidates applied for 11 positions on the Council.  The Board selections considered representation from the various parishes, the talent and experience desired for the various committees, as well as the committee preferences expressed by the candidates in their applications.

The Fr. Tolton Board of Directors is comprised of: Sister Julie Brandt SSND, associate superintendent of Catholic Schools for the diocese; Msgr. Robert A. Kurwicki, vicar general of the diocese; Fr. Chris Cordes, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes parish; Fr. William Peckman, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul parish; and Deacon Dan Joyce, president of Fr. Tolton High School.

Bishop Shawn McKnight appointed this board for the Fr. Tolton High School corporate organization after he approved a revised Board structure in the high school’s bylaws this August.  The new board structure mirrors an earlier change in the corporate Board of Helias Catholic High School, the other non-parish high school in the diocese.

The board’s primary duties and responsibilities relate to: approving the annual school budget; making recommendations to the Bishop on the appointment or removal of a school president; making appointments to, and removals from, the Advisory Council; participating in long range planning, and reviewing capital expenditures for the school as part of the annual budgeting process.