St. Ignatius Catholic School is a parochial school within the Diocese of Boise. The Bishop of Boise oversees these schools, with assistance from the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, and relies on the church pastor and principal for managing daily operations. St. Ignatius School Board has been established as an advisory board with limited jurisdiction as outlined by its Canonical Statutes.

Role of St. Ignatius School Board

  • Set and oversee policy
  • Set and oversee school budget
  • Set yearly goals for the Principal (mutually agreed upon)
  • Selection, supervision, and evaluation of the Principal
  • Keep pastor apprised of Board work

How school board is selected/term?

The Pastor shall appoint all members. Nominations for vacant Board positions may be given to the Pastor by the Nominating Committee of the Board, Holy Apostles Pastoral Council, other committees of the parish, or individual parish members.

Term of office for members of the Board shall be three (3) years, renewable once at the Pastor’s discretion.

School Board Meetings

School Board meetings are generally held quarterly at 6:30pm per the schedule below. Meetings are open; however prior notice must be given to attend any meeting so proper accommodation may be made for seating.

Those who wish to speak/present at a School Board meeting must complete a Proposal Form and contact the Principal to be added to the agenda. Proposed discussion items that are not added to the agenda through this formal process will not be presented during a School Board meeting.

2020-2021 St. Ignatius School Board Members

Matthew T. Adams, Chairman of the Board, is a Professional Landscape Architect and Principal with The Land Group, Inc. in Eagle, Idaho. Matthew brings experience with Catholic Schools and K-12 Education as an alumni of St. Nicholas Catholic School in Rupert, a parent of two, a professional landscape architect with a practice focused on K-12 facility development, and a business owner. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Utah State University and has been in professional practice since 2000. Matthew’s professional practice experience includes land planning and development, due diligence research, entitlement, land surveying, site planning, design, and construction administration for a wide range of projects with a focus on K-12 education facilities. As a business owner, Matthew works with 5 business partners to manage an office of 39 employees. Beyond the day to day project management and project oversight, Matthew focusses on client development and most specifically on office culture, new talent acquisition, and employee retention. Matthew’s community involvement and volunteer activities include; member of the City of Meridian Impact Fee Advisory Committee, the founder and president of the Rocky Mountain High School Tennis Booster Club, 17-year volunteer youth basketball & baseball coach, and blood donor.

Dan Basalone brings 48 years of work experience in education as teacher, principal, and District administrator to the Board.  In addition, he has served as a professor of educational administration at various universities specializing in school law and school finance.  Most importantly, as the father of five, all university graduates, and the grandfather of ten, five of whom have already either completed or are attending college, Mr. Basalone knows the need for schools to educate the whole child and prepare them for a productive life which in this day and age means gaining a post-secondary education.

Antonia Arana Bicandi is pleased and excited to serve on the St. Ignatius School Board. Mrs. Bicandi also served on the SI Building Committee and has worked with the school board of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and served on the school board of St. Mark’s Catholic School. She is a career educator, and loved every year of her 45 year career. She holds degrees in Elementary & Secondary Education, a Master’s Degree in Guidance & Counseling, and a Specialist Degree in School Administration. Mrs. Bicandi was a teacher, a school Counselor, a Vice-Principal, and a Principal in the Boise School District for 35 years.  After retiring, Mrs. Bicandi soon realized that she truly missed working with children and families.  In the fall of 2004, she became the Principal at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. This was a very special position that she loved and remained with for another 10 years.

Tim Brady, CFA, serves as Controller for Agri Beef Livestock, LLC where he oversees the composition and approval of the financial statements and assists with the monitoring and execution of the company’s commodity risk management program.  Prior to joining Agri Beef, Tim worked as a portfolio manager where he was responsible for the research and implementation of investment strategies for equity and fixed income portfolios.  Tim earned the right to use the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation in August of 2014.

Diane Fiello retired after 30 years in education, serving as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent in the Los Angeles area. Her areas of specialty are curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development. After retirement, she became the Vice President, Educator Effectiveness, for a large charter schools management organization, implementing a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in a study to determine how to improve instruction and how to measure teacher effectiveness. In this role, she worked directly with principals and teachers to help them improve their effectiveness.  She was an adjunct professor in the School of Education at Loyola-Marymount University, teaching classes in educational leadership.  Diane received a BA in Psychology from Marymount College, an MS in School Management and Administration, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy, both from Pepperdine University.  Diane is grateful for the opportunity to pay forward the lessons, support, and wisdom she gained from many of her own great mentors throughout her career.

Mark Hopkins holds an MA in Catholic School Administration K-12 from the University of Notre Dame, and a BS Earth Science Education from the University of Idaho. Mr. Hopkins taught math, science, and religion at St. Mark’s Catholic School in Boise, Idaho for 9 years. He served as the assistant principal and then principal of St. Mark’s Catholic school for a total of 5 years. Mr. Hopkins is currently the principal at Purple Sage Elementary School in the Middleton School District #134. He has been married for 17 years and has two children.

Joe Kane was born and raised in Indiana.  He graduated from Purdue University.  Joe worked as a Police Officer for both the Purdue University Police Department and the Lafayette Police Department. In 2006 Joe and his family moved to Idaho where he was hired by the Boise Police Department.  Joe is currently a Detective assigned at Frank Church High School. He also a member of BPD’s Crisis Negotiation Team. Joe’s wife Chrissy and their three boys are all active members at Holy Apostles.

Kevin McCarthy was born and raised in Boise, Idaho.  He attended Sacred Heart, Bishop Kelly and has Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho.  Kevin works as a civil engineer at KM Engineering. Kevin and his wife Shemayne spend most of their time driving their three kids all over town to their various activities.  Kevin enjoys being outdoors and coaching or watching the various sports in which his kids participate.

Sarah Murphy is the mother of 4 children and the founder of Gem State Analytics.  In that capacity, she has led research teams performing advanced R&D in computer science and engineering for the US Government through problem definition, proposal, budgeting, execution, and final delivery.  Sarah previously worked at Sandia National Laboratories.  She earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an MSCSE (ibid), and a BA from Hanover College with majors in Philosophy and Computer Science and minors in French and Physics.  In between deliverables and diapers, she enjoys rediscovering the world through the eyes of her children.

2020-2021 St. Ignatius School Board Tentative Meeting Schedule

  • TBD