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 the second Wednesday of each month during the school term, at 6:30pm. 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.
2017-2018 St. Ignatius School Board Members
Karen Mahoney, Chairman of the Board, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and worked for 14 years Micron Technology in a variety of roles before becoming a professional volunteer. While at Micron Karen was project manager in the IT department, where she would bring together geeks and non-geeks to get things done. Her on-the-job experience has been leveraged in a string of volunteer postings at her children’s schools including Bishop Kelly High School. She has held every position available within the various parent organizations at the schools and has coordinated many projects large and small. She’s also been a substitute teacher and a classroom aid. She was Chairman of the Board of Governance at Bishop Kelly for two years and is still a member of that board. She remains Chairman of the BK Policies and Operations Committee. She and her husband, Ed, are empty nesters with two sons attending college – as a result, Karen’s new best friend, Boone the Labrador, keeps her active and smiling.
Matthew T. Adams, Vice-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.
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.
Richard Gratzinger has been in the entrepreneur realm operating several companies with his wife, Araceli, for the past 8 years with a key focus on manufacturing and product designs. Richard brings skills that include sales /marketing development, brand management, strategic thinking, strategic planning, Web design, and many others as a business owner. He’s passionate about the Catholic Church and is involved in various ministries including Knights of Columbus, children’s religious education department, and baptism preparation class, as well as other ministries. Richard is the father of three children who will all be attending St. Ignatius.
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.
James Jennings has a B.S. in economics from the University of Utah (1962) and a J.D. Law degree from Loyola University, Los Angeles (1968). Mr. Jennings practiced law in Los Angeles/Southern California (1968-1976), and Santa Maria, CA (1976-1981) before being elected to the Santa Maria Municipal Court in 1976. Judge Jennings was elevated to the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in 1981 where he served until retiring to Eagle, ID in 2004. Mr. Jennings has multiple extended family members who have worked in Catholic schools.
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.
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.
2017-2018 St. Ignatius School Board Tentative Meeting Schedule
- August 2
- September 13
- October 11
- November 8
- December 13
- No January Meeting
- February 14 (we are moving this meeting due to Ash Wednesday)
- March 14
- April 11
- May 9
- June 13