We are grateful to God that we are open and pursuing our mission despite these uncertain times. And we are grateful for your steadfastness and patience as the year progresses. While there will be events and issues that challenge us this year, the most important thing is that our students are in class, where they belong, engaged in meaningful work with our excellent faculty who love, mentor, and teach them. There will be distractions from the world around us; however, PRCA will remain focused on the mission: to teach our students to become like Christ, through a classical Christian education, within a covenantal community.
In society today, there have been a lot of reports about school boards and their roles. And lately we have heard questions about the PRCA school board, its make-up, responsibilities, and reporting structure.
Role of the PRCA School Board
The PRCA School Board is a policy governance board. This means we deal with policies, strategy, mission, vision, and ends. The PRCA School Board is responsible for three key areas:
Mission integrity (specifically, strategic oversight and governance)
Headmaster hiring and support
The day-to-day practices of PRCA are not the domain of the school board. While occasionally consulted about practices for feedback, the board does not make decisions about the day-to-day operations of the school. These are the domain of the Headmaster and the administrative leadership team.
Make-up of the PRCA School Board
Board terms are three years, and board members can serve up to two consecutive terms before rotating off for at least one year. As PRCA is a ministry of Catalina Foothills Church (CFC), board candidates must be approved by the CFC Session before being invited to serve. Two-thirds of the school board must be CFC members in good standing, and the board chair and vice-chair also must be CFC members in good standing. One member of the board must be a current elder at CFC.
There is not a specific set of qualifications for board service. Generally, the School Board looks for people who:
Love the Lord
Are passionate about all parts of PRCA's mission
Are servant leaders with a heart to lead through policy, mission, vision, strategy, and ends
Have a connection to the school
The 2021-2022 school board is made up of the following men and women: Todd Vanden Branden, Alison Howlett, Lynn Dent, Tony Borboa, John Pelander, Ron Hutchings, Michael Vick, John Rosenberg, Tamera Stombaugh, Chuck Wunder, Olga Tarro, David Mehl, Walter Hoge and Rob Pendley.
Thank you for your commitment to, and support of, PRCA.
In His service,
Todd Vanden Branden
PRCA Board Chair
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6