Strategic Plan

The School Advisory Board currently comprises nine members who serve rotating three-year terms. The purpose of the Our Lady of the Wayside School Advisory Board is to broadly represent the parish at large in our communal task of educating the students of Our Lady of the Wayside School.
One of the Board’s main responsibilities is to establish, review and revise the OLW Strategic Plan. The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to preserve and perpetuate the strong academic and faith based foundation of our school while also ensuring its long term vitality. The current Strategic Plan was developed during the 2015-16 school year with the goal to achieve and maintain optimal enrollment. All of the focus area groups plan with this purpose and this goal in mind as enrollment is the key to vitality. The Strategic Plan was developed with strong support from the school administration, the parish, the Family and School Association (FSA), and the school Boosters board. It lays out both near term actions (1-2 years look ahead) as well as long term goals (3-5 years look ahead).

The Strategic Plan has been the impetus behind several noteworthy accomplishments which align to the school mission as well as the primary objective of the Strategic Plan.
  • The OLW School Endowment Fund (OLWSEF) has been revitalized and reinvigorated, with its own active board and fundraising activity.
  • The school mission statement has been refocused and revised.
  • Public Relations activities have been formalized and focused to better understand our market and establish a budget to promote the school continually.
  • A universal registration tool has been launched for the school sports.
  • Relationships between the school and the parish boards have been formalized.
  • Since 2015-16, we have retired ten, created nine new, and made measured progress toward the open goals. 

2018-2019 Update: The current revision of the school’s Strategic Plan (v3) holds 32 active goals. 


Focus Area

(2018-19 School Year)

Councils & Participants

Academics & Administration

School Principal

(David Wood)

Curriculum Director

Teaching Staff


Development Director

(Danielle Kenney)

Development Director

OLW School Endowment Fund Board

SAB Endowment Committee

Enrollment & Marketing

SAB Public Relations Committee Chair

(Lisa Jochaniewicz)

SAB Public Relations Committee

Development Director

Financial Mgmt

SAB Finance Committee Chair

(Dave Schwaner)

SAB Finance Committee

Parish Business Manager

Facilities Mgmt

SAB Strategic Planning Committee Chair

(Mike Schermerhorn)

SAB Strategic Planning Committee

PMC Property & Plan Committee

Parish Business Manager

Administration, FSA, Boosters

Family & School Association

FSA Chairperson

(Jessica Cherwin)

FSA Board

Annual Fund Committee

Athletics & Boosters

Boosters President

(Pam Heiss)

Boosters Board

Parish Business Manager


Similarly, the Strategic Plan committee of the SAB is always interested in hearing your feedback on the goals and/or suggestions for additions. The plan follows an annual cadence for renewal at the start of each new school year as we extend the planning horizon another year to maintain a five year outlook. One of the main sources for input comes from the end of the year family survey, but you need not wait for that opportunity to make suggestions. The monthly SAB meetings are the best way to listen to updates and offer input to the school’s Strategic Plan. Meeting dates and times are published in Monday Memos; all are welcome to attend. Your input will be heard and considered in its appropriate Focus Area.