Delbarton Launches Strategic Plan Project

Delbarton Launches Strategic Plan Project

Over the next ten months, Delbarton will embark on writing a Strategic Plan document to guide us through much of the remainder of this decade, ensuring that our longstanding history of Benedictine Catholic education is sustained and enriched.

On January 10, 2022, Headmaster Fr. Michael Tidd, OSB hosted a meeting in Spada Commons that included the Strategic Planning Steering Committee Chairs, Domain Chairs and Staff Liaisons.

The session was led by Kathleen Casey, pictured above with Fr. Michael, our facilitator from the Catholic school consulting firm Partners in Mission. Co-Chairing the Strategic Plan process are Delbarton Regents Amon Johnson, IV P'20,'22,'25, on left below, and Michael Szymanski P'18,'20 on right.

The following is an explanation of the Strategic Plan process, including the names of the many volunteers who are offering their time, talent and energy to build an even brighter future for Delbarton. We thank them all!

DELBARTON SCHOOL STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE: DOMAINS, LEADERS & NEXT STEPS

Why Does Delbarton Need a Strategic Plan?

A well-built Strategic Plan communicates Delbarton’s mission and vision to guide our future from 2023-28. Tapping into all constituencies, the plan collaboratively defines Delbarton’s goals and objectives, and positions the school for mission-faithful excellence and transformational change in a dynamic educational landscape.

Why a 5-Year Strategic Plan?

Delbarton’s Board of Regents, the Benedictine monastic community, and school leadership recognize that Delbarton has grown and accomplished much in its history. Building on our current position of strength, we seek to create a documented vision to guide us through much of the remainder of this decade, ensuring that our longstanding history of Benedictine Catholic education is sustained and enriched.

How Long Does the Process Take?

Over the next ten months, we will examine eight domains (key areas) and focus on where we have been, where we are now and where we want to be. This process is participative and collaborative, and we look forward to learning your perspective to help drive Delbarton’s strategic direction. A survey will be sent to you in the next few weeks. Please respond -- your input matters!

Status Update:

On January 10, 2022, Headmaster Fr. Michael Tidd, O.S.B., our Strategic Planning Steering Committee Chairs, Domain Chairs and Staff Liaisons met with Kathleen Casey, our facilitator from the Catholic school consulting firm Partners in Mission, to discuss objectives, timelines and project expectations.  Kathleen explained the process, logic and logistics, and each person left the meeting tasked with specific to-dos and key deadlines.

Domains and Chairs

We are blessed with dedicated Domain Chairs and Staff Liaisons working on this project.  These volunteers are generously offering their time, talent and energy to build an even brighter future for Delbarton.  Here are the eight domains that will be addressed in this plan and the names of the leaders overseeing those domains:

Academics: Co-Chairs: Sally Walsh P’10, Georgia Zaiser; Staff Liaisons: Joshua Hartle, Jon Cote, Marta Rotolo

Advancement: Co-Chair: Dennis Tupper ‘99; Staff Liaisons: Craig Paris, Maria Van Kirk, John O’Brien, Jessica Fiddes

Enrollment: Co-Chairs: Andrew Anselmi ’83, P’16, Kelly Dun; Staff Liaisons: Jake Ross, Connie Curnow, Jessica Fiddes

Facilties: Co-Chairs: John Harrington P’18, Kenneth Pizzo, Jr P’20,’22; Staff Liaisons: Matthew Davis, Eric Steinberg, Frank Swift

Finance: Co-Chairs: Brendan Maher ’90, P’19, John D. (JD) Moriarty ‘90; Staff Liaisons: Matthew Davis, Barbara Suppes, Chrissy Charles

Governance: Co-Chairs: Lisa Parlato DeDonne P’14,’20, Marc Manahan; Staff Liaisons: Fr. Michael Tidd, Theresa Maguire

Benedictine Catholic Identity and Mission: Co-Chairs: Frank Hager P’08,’16,’23, David Weinstein ‘06; Staff Liaisons: Mr. Matthew White, Br. Finnbar McEvoy

Student Life (includes Arts, Service & Athletics and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion): Co-Chairs: Elisa Charters P’22, Sumorwuo Zaza ‘07; Staff Liaisons: Chuck Ruebling, Jenna Gomez-Nourie, Daniel Whalen, Mary Johnson

School Leadership: Fr. Michael Tidd, OSB, Dr. David Donovan

Committee Co-Chairs: Amon Johnson, IV P ‘20, ‘22, ’25, Michael Szymanski P ‘18, ‘21

Each Domain Chair or Co-Chair has been given a ‘Book of Knowledge’ containing previously collected data and trends related to their respective domain.  This information, combined with more data gathering from a community-wide survey, interviews, and community engagement, helps the Domain Chairs construct a three to five-page Domain Narrative affirming what Delbarton does well, addressing misperceptions, and describing potential issues and opportunities. Each report offers a current state of the school but does not include recommendation or suggestions -- that comes later in the process.  Each narrative is then cross-referenced with other domain reports to find commonalities, trends and identify key issues. 

On October 29, 2022, we will host a retreat on campus where the goals and objectives will be defined to set the future direction for Delbarton. The diagram below illustrates the process from start to finish...

Onward and upward at Delbarton -- please contact any one of us if you have any questions or comments!

Fr. Michael Tidd, OSB (Michael@delbarton.org), Dr. David Donovan (Ddonovan@delbarton.org), Amon Johnson (amon.johnson.IV@gmail.com) and Michael Szymanski (mszymanski@ryderscoveadv.com)