With Advancement as a major responsibility of the St. Peter/St. Francis School Board, the members of the Board would like to thank all of our parents, faculty, staff, and the community for their continued participation in fundraising activities-advancement events and the Annual Fund. Advancement helps to carry out institutional plans through its goal of obtaining greater acceptance for the organization from its major publics.

Members of the board are deeply committed to the Mission of the School and help to strengthen their communities because they serve by choice. The members of the board understand the need to publicize to the greater school community their role and the
purpose in relation to the advancement of the school.

Meet the members of St. Peter/St. Francis School Board

In order to ensure quality education for the children of St.Peter/St. Francis School, the board
is composed of members who have expertise in assessment, curriculum, marketing, fundraising, community organizing, and members who could provide appropriate professional wisdom.

Father John Granato, Pastor
Father Diego Albarracin, Parochial Vicar
Father William Agyemang, Parochial Vicar
Mrs. Jo-Anne Gauger, Principal

Dr. Lori A. Noto, Chair- My background is in special education.  I am a professor at the University of Bridgeport in the School of Education. I am a community member who
is committed to Catholic education.

Mrs. Debra Kraft, School Board Vice-Chair & Advancement: Alumni Chair - I am a retired classroom St Peter/St. Francis teacher and currently tutor math students through the Title One program.  I strongly support St. Peter/St. Francis School.

Mrs. Cheryl Considine, Finance Chairperson - I am the Budget Analyst for Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington CT.   I have been a St. Peter/St. Francis School parent for the past 9 years and a School Board member for 7 years. I am a Parishioner of Torrington Cluster committed to Catholic education.

Jaime Michalec, Building and Grounds Chair

Kristen Harmon, Public Relations Chair

Mrs. Alyce Pollock, Secretary and Advancement: Annual Fund Chairperson - I am a former faculty member of St. Peter/St. Francis School. I am also the proud parent of Stephen who graduated with the class of 2009. Currently, I serve on the staff of the Development Office of Canterbury School. I am a strong proponent of the preservation of Catholic education in the Torrington area.

Mrs. Judy Blades, Recruitment and Retention Chairperson

Mr. Warren Toland, Advancement Chairperson
Mr. Warren Toland is currently a recruiter with the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
I've spent most of my career in public relations and fundraising for non-profit organizations
in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. As a graduate of a Catholic high school in Boston, I am very committed to Catholic Education and the values it instills in our children.
My wife, Jennifer, currently serves on the Home and School board and our three children, Declan, Ainsley and Conal all attend St. Peter/St. Francis in Intermediate, Upper Primary and Lower Primary respectively.

Lindsay Raymond, General Board Member

Major aims of the School Board

The overarching goal of the St. Peter/St. Francis School Board is to set institutional goals and to approve plans for reaching these goals. The Board is charged to assess and audit the performance of the organization and its major parts.  In doing so, the board members must evaluate the performance of the organization with the goal of continuous quality improvement. 

The Office of Catholic Schools (OCS) of the Archdiocese of Hartford provides guidance for the governance structure of the school. The School Board is advisory to the pastor and it assists the school in fulfilling its mission as a center of quality Catholic education. The School Board appreciates and respects the administrative functions and educational responsibilities of the principal, which are directed by the mission and the OCS of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Past and Current Board Activities 

  1. o       Periodic review of the operational validity of the mission statement;
  2. o       Leadership and participation in Advancement events;
    1. o       Raffle
    2. o       Golf Tournament
    3. o       Penny Auction
    4. o       Silent Auction
    5. o       Wine-Tasting
  3. o       Development, systematic evaluation, and adoption of schools goals and policies;
    1. o       Development of policy for management of students with food allergies;
    2. o       Development of school wellness plan;
  4. o       Leadership in Annual Fund campaign;
  5. o       Seeking grants in the areas of curriculum and advancement;
  6. o       Development of strategic plan and assist with preparation for national accreditation;
  7. o       Proactive reporting on current and future financial health of the school- preparation of the school’s operating budget to be sent for approval to the Office of Catholic schools;
  8. o       Active recruitment and retention plan for both campuses;
  9. o       Development of an orientation manual for new board members
  10. o       Review and update of the current alumnae database;
  11. o       Continued community outreach.