The St. John Advisory Council met last week to take the steps necessary to save the high school from closing its doors.

School Advisory Council president Laddy Rejcek said he is optimistic about the future and wants the community to know that as far as he is concerned, this will not be in the end for St. John.

The council has put into effect a revitalization plan that it feels will see the school prosper, he said.

“We are putting several committees into place that should help us identify what we need to do to raise more funds and bring enrollment up,” Rejcek said. “The community has been amazing in stepping up to the plate and offering their support and whatever contributions they can to help us.

“I am overwhelmed and encouraged at the support and I just feel that with that support and a community wide effort, this will not be the end for St. John,” he said.

The advisory council had recently announced the school’s budget was suffering and an oversight committee has been formed to bring the school back to financial soundness.

The committee will be made up of one member each from the three councils that govern St. John’s: the School Advisory Council, the Parish Finance Committee and the Parish Advisory Council. As well as high school principal Chris Rebuck and Father Edison Vela, a business manager will also round out the committee.

“The advisory council will come up with the planning and the means necessary to submit a plan of action to the finance committee, who will then pass the information along to Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of the Dallas diocese, who has the final say in what happens with the school,” Rejcek said. “We are confident that by the time the bishop gets to see the final plan we will have made the necessary arrangements to have St. John be part of the community for a long time to come.

“We will let him know what direction we are headed and who is behind us and I think he will be amazed by it,” Rejcek said.

A member of the school’s advisory council will chair the various committees that are being established, with co-chairs made up of members from the community.

“Several people have offered to put their everyday job skills to use for the school and we are thankful. We have a retired grant writer that will also be helping us procure funding for different aspects of the revitalization plan for the school,” Rejcek said.

Upcoming fund-raisers for the school will be announced when plans are finalized and the committees have had an opportunity to meet and discuss options.

Rejcek believes the future of the church is the school and is a major reason why the school must not be allowed to close.

“If you look at the leaders within the church, they all have ties to the school,” he said. “I believe the future of the church is based in the school and we are not letting it go anywhere.”

The other factor Rejcek feels will help is a positive attitude, saying it is easy to keep upbeat about the school’s future with the community support he’s seen.

To become involved with the school or to volunteer, contact Rejcek at laddyr@iscbm.com.

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