St. Symphorosa School Advisory Board
The advisory board has as its primary concern the ministry of Catholic elementary school education: the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and social development of the students. The Advisory Board, operating in conformity with the policies of the Archdiocese of Chicago (AOC), under the guidance of the AOC, the Superintendent of Schools, and the Pastor, shall concern itself with the general excellence of Catholic education at St. Symphorosa Catholic School.
Working in close collaboration with the Pastor and the Principal, and hearing its many stakeholders, this Advisory Board shall work only in an advisory capacity in order to enable the school community to reach it’s agreed upon goals.
Please find our meeting schedule below. Full school board meetings are scheduled bi-monthly and are held in the school library. Meeting agendas and minutes can be found on this webpage under the section titled"Meeting Schedule / Documents". If you are interested in attending and/or addressing the board during a future meeting please note that we will follow the protocol noted in the "Meeting Protocol" section on this page.
School Board Members
Chairperson - Melanie DalPonte
Vice Chairperson/Finance Chair - Charlie Grijalva
Advancement Chair - Janja Taylor
Catholic Identity Chair - Norine Abramovic
Secretary/Finance Committee - Maria Ruiz
Finance Committee - Manny Lopez, Steven Engelhardt
Catholic Identity Committee - Barb Grzenia
School & Parish Staff Serving on the School Board
Position Name E-Mail Address
School Principal Kathy Berry firstname.lastname@example.org
Asst. Principal Chris Garza email@example.com
Parish Pastor Fr. Robert Regan firstname.lastname@example.org
Any parent of a student at the School, parishioner, or member of an organization of the parish may address the School Advisory Board.
In order to address the Board, you will need to send an email to Kathy Berry (email@example.com) at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting. Your concern/discussion topic will then be placed on the agenda. Each visitor addressing the Advisory Board shall be limited to five minutes for making comments.
In accordance with Archdiocese Rules, the Advisory Board shall not be obligated to debate or respond to any comments raised by such visitor but instead may opt to take such comments under advisement.