President's Page - August 2015


Cathedral • A Catholic School • Grades 7 - 12Mike Mullin, President

 The President’s Page - August 6, 2015

“…focused on the unrelenting pursuit of excellence.”

Up-to-the-minute information for members – and prospective members – of Cathedral’s Heritage Society*


 Master Plan 2018 • AdministrationFacultyFinance

 

Master Plan 2018

Bishop Donald likes our facilities plan and he supports it.  

He is asking us to find a way to include the newly-formed and incorporated E-12 Catholic Schools System within the plan.  He also wants the enthusiastic support and endorsement of each of the nine pastors who, along with him, make the final governing decisions about Cathedral. 

We accept this challenge.  Our goal is to have final answers and a long row of green lights within the next sixty (60) days.  I will be working closely with our national volunteer chairs, Bob and Kathy Lahr, and our Board, to bring about these brightly-shining green lights. 

If the Catholic schools aren’t a big part of the plan to strengthen our Church, then what is the plan?!  

The mission statement for the new system is well-worded as it brings proper focus to the importance of Catholic Schools.  Here it is:  The mission of Catholic Community Schools is to strengthen the Catholic Church and society by educating her people at an unparalleled level of excellence while teaching, sharing, and living the gospel message of Jesus Christ.  

I have provided additional, detailed information at the end of this article.  Read, reflect, and respond – please.  We need and we want your full support.  Cathedral is in its 131st year and is needed now more than ever. 


The Campaign for Cathedral - 
(supplemental documents)
 
  Administration


Under Matt Meyer’s leadership, enrollment for the opening day of school on August 24th continues to look very strong. 

Laurie Keene was appointed Director of Advancement effective July 1st and is doing an excellent job of communicating, involving people, and securing investment in our important work.  

Under Darrell Armbrust’s leadership we’ve put a new, long-overdue roof onto the 1938 building.  Both the cafeteria and our library have brightly shining new floors.  We’re improving some of our landscaping with new shrubs, bushes, flowers, and an irrigation system.  On new poles we are flying flags representative of the countries from which 35 of our international students come. 


 Faculty

Lynn Grewing has been meeting with a number of high-quality candidates as we recruit and appoint several new teachers and coaches.  Just two weeks from today all employees will return for the start of the new school year.


Finance

In the finance office, under Kathi Sauerer’s leadership, we’re preparing to audit last year’s books as we’re a full month into the new year.  Welcome to Cari Stumpf, our new associate in that office. 


 

Enjoy the summer harvest as you savor the wonderful tastes and smells of August.

 

Bountiful blessings!

 

Michael A. Mullin

President 

 

 

The Campaign for Cathedral

– its Students, its Faculty, its Facilities

Cathedral High School – St. Cloud, MN

Phase V:  Testing the Capacity

December 19, 2014 – June 30, 2015

 

Report to the Board of Directors

 

Bob ’77 and Kathy ’77 Lahr, National Volunteer Chairs

Elaine Yaggie ’59, Chair of Facilities/ Board Chair-Elect

Michael A. Mullin, President

June 25, 2015

 

CONCLUSIONS – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  1. Given extensive, methodical research conducted with hundreds of Cathedral relationships over the last year, first during the Testing the Concept phase, and then more recently during the Testing the Capacity phase, we are confident regarding the accuracy of the data and the resulting conclusions presented here.
  2. Each conclusion (and recommendation) is inter-related and co-dependent upon all others herein.
  3. Given the respectful, confidential process used to gather data, we think dozens of very important Cathedral relationships were strengthened as a result.
  4. The wholehearted endorsement of this process, and the project itself, by the Bishop and by the Members of the Cathedral Corporation is essential.
  5. Assurances as to the continuity and consistency of Cathedral’s leadership are essential.
  6. We think it will be possible for Cathedral to generate $15,000,000 in initial financial support and that raising it will generate excitement, momentum, and enthusiasm for more success.
  7. Given the information which resulted from our research we think the time line for the comprehensive completion of goals #8 and #9 should be extended beyond June 30, 2018.
  8. Given the information which resulted from our research we think the concept proposed by Cuningham Architecture has broad, near-universal appeal and is the correct concept for the Cathedral and the (yet to be articulated) E-12 vision.
  9. Given the information which resulted from our research we think the concept proposed by Cuningham Architecture should be completed in two or more phases rather than all at one time.
  10. Given Bishop Donald’s vision for E-12 Catholic education in Central Minnesota we think the breadth and scope of this project should be expanded as soon as possible to include the entire E-12 system and its start-up capital needs.
  11. Cathedral’s Blackbaud database system, though significantly improved over the last several years, is still woefully inadequate given the quality and the quantity of information needed for success.
  12. The positive momentum developed to-date in pursuit of these goals should be sustained, increased, and used for the long-term strength and stability of the schools. 

Extensive notes and documents are available to support the conclusions presented above.

Respectful, one-on-one visits with a highly representative sample of Cathedral constituents who would have the capacities and the affinities to make this project successful were represented as confidential.

 

The Campaign for Cathedral

– its Students, its Faculty, its Facilities

Cathedral High School – St. Cloud, MN

Phase V:  Testing the Capacity

December 19, 2014 – June 30, 2015

 

Recommendations to the Board of Directors

 

Bob ’77 and Kathy ’77 Lahr, National Volunteer Chairs

Elaine Yaggie ’59, Chair of Facilities/ Board Chair-Elect

Michael A. Mullin, President

June 25, 2015

 

SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS

    1. Seek and receive the Bishop’s and Pastors’ enthusiastic endorsement of this project.
    2. Each of these recommendations (and conclusions) is necessarily inter-related and co-dependent upon all others herein.
    3. Move to Phase VI of goals #8 and #9 which is the actual fund raising phase.
    4. Consider, welcome, and include the capital needs of Bishop Donald’s new E-12 Catholic School system as they become known and use the synergy of that new system to increase the overall scope and success of this campaign.
    5. Communicate the stability of Cathedral’s leadership and the leadership succession plan.
    6. Assume the preliminary capacity to generate $15,000,000 of new capital from all sources, including cash, real property, pledges, and in-kind gifts between now and June 30, 2017 (allowing for a five-year pledge redemption period).
    7. Assume additional capacity to generate the remaining new capital needed (up to and including a grand comprehensive total of $30,000,000) as a result of the excitement and confidence established as the campaign progresses over the next several years.
    8. Consider some short-term bridge financing once certified pledges are secured.
    9. Proceed with the entire project as conceptualized by Cuningham Architecture, completing it in phases as capital becomes available for each phase.
    10. Activate the relationship with Cuningham Architecture with instructions to them to identify and plan for a probable two or more phases of construction/ renovation, to wit:As soon as possible rebuild and significantly strengthen the advancement department – especially the constituent research and leadership gifts functions – so as to have the necessary operational resources, systems, and staff to ensure a successful capital campaign.
      1. First:  Construction of the new classrooms, science laboratories, common areas, 21st century learning spaces, Catholic identity, major landscaping, river access.
      2. Second:  Renovation of the 1938 building to include worship space as the highest priority, restoration of the original library, and expansion of the existing gymnasium.
    11. As soon as possible rebuild and significantly strengthen the advancement department – especially the constituent research and leadership gifts functions – so as to have the necessary operational resources, systems, and staff to ensure a successful capital campaign.

 

Extensive notes and documents are available to support the recommendations presented above.

Respectful, one-on-one visits with a highly representative sample of Cathedral constituents who would have the capacities and the affinities to make this project successful were represented as confidential. 

 

*Established in 2009, the Heritage Society is a distinguished group of alumni, parents and friends, who, year after year, set the pace for the Cathedral Fund by making a gift of $1,000 or more. The Heritage Society members' philanthropy accounts for more than 65% of all the Cathedral Fund support making education affordable and accessible for today's students.


 

 

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