[quote="StJudePray4Me, post:5, topic:231543"]
I think it depends on whether you are a true Parish school, or a diocesan "regional" school.
Our Pastor is not too involved in the day to day stuff, but oversees the budget and money matters, as well as approving the religious ed. curriculum. The kids like him, he is funny and easy-going. The principal reports to him technically, but I think he sort of protects his turf -- doesn't want him micromanaging.
The principal reports also to the Superintendent of the Diocese.
Just be prepared if you decide to complain to the Diocese. Things like that tend to stir up a lot of dust. Be sure that what you have to say is based on facts which are demonstrable, stay away from things that might seem like personality conflict or power struggles.
I think like-minded parents should each write their own letters, and I don't think you should "compare notes" too much. If a whole gang of parents approaches like that, it can sometimes take away from your cause -- it can seem like a mob attack, KWIM? Keep your comments limited to what you know to be true, first-hand. Hearsay is not usually helpful, unless you just keep it to "I am concerned about rumors I hear relating to ______."
And yes, I have first hand experience with this kind of thing. It has gotten very ugly at our school at times. Going up the ladder to complain to someone's higher-ups is not usually very well received, so be careful.
Unfortunately nothing can be done if the school closes. Depending on where you live schools are now either closing or consolidating.
Our school only has 59 children in it this year from PreK-8th grade combined. Sadly they are closing the 7th and 8th grade due to lack of enrollment because everyone around here sends their children to the public school. Why? I don't know because its the worst school in our area. Its bad and I mean bad. Poor education, poor enviroment ( extra curricular= having boyfriends and getting pregnant multiple times), there is no discipline. I could go on and on. Our tiny private school goes out of their way to help families whether they are not Catholic or not and they help families the first time they come ( I know some in the city require you to attend a year before they give financial help). We have a great school but its getting closer and closer to closing each year. We are even due to get a new Bishop and I really feel as soon as he sees the numbers they are going to close it.
Our tiny school is pretty self sustaining. We are fundraised up the ying yang, they recycle metals , and the church helps support it as well.
Our priest and deacon are really friendly and the kids love them. Everyone that knows them whether they are Catholic or not thinks very highly of them in our area. So we have no problem with that. The principle makes many of the decisions but honestly I'm not sure of the whole chain of command.Other then I know that Fr. Tom makes the final decision.
I will say I'm not at all happy with the 7th and 8th grade closing. But then again we've also homeschooled so I'm not afraid to do that. Its the other families that I'm concerned about , the ones who just completely dread sending their kids over to the high school.