Saint Patrick School


Dear Saint Patrick Parish Community,


On Tuesday, January 9th, the Saint Patrick School Strategic Planning Committee is hosting a Strategic Planning Session from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Bea Byrne Learning Center.

The committee is seeking to gather input for a strategic plan to span the years 2018-2023. The long-term plan will map out goals and strategies that will help guide school decision-making over the next five years. The planning process is just beginning and will likely extend through the Spring.

The first part of the process was to receive feedback from current parents and staff. To achieve this, we sent out a S.W.O.T (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis. We were very pleased with the amount of people who participated and the feedback has already helped in our decision making process. Below you can find the summary of the survey that was returned in early December, 2017.

Please consider attending the forum on January 9 to share your vision for the future of Saint Patrick School. We would love to know the hopes and dreams you have for our children in our community as they progress through their years at Saint Patrick School. You can RSVP by emailing me at or calling the school – 616-691-8833.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.


In Christ,


Scott Czarnopys – Principal


Bob Camp – School Board Chair




  • Family Atmosphere
  • Small Class Sizes with Favorable Student/Ratio
  • Strong Catholic Environment
  • Strong Parish and Pastor Support
  • Great Teachers
  • Everyday Band
  • Small Feel of School




  • Transportation
  • Not Enough Space for Growing Population
  • Homogeneous Population/Lack of Diversity
  • Need Additional Enrichment Opportunities (Robotics, Gifted Curriculum, etc…)
  • Lack of Volunteers
  • Not Enough Kindergarten Spots for all Students
  • May Need Expanded Staff and Structure for Enrollment Growth




  • Additional Space/Larger Learning Environment
  • Sports for Younger Students
  • Hot Lunch Program
  • Better Transportation
  • Contract Special Education Services
  • Stronger Computer Background
  • More Students to Enroll




  • New Schools in Area
  • New Priest Won’t Support School
  • Class Sizes Growing Too Large
  • Intolerance of Others that are Different
  • Change in Leadership
  • Not Enough Income
  • Attempting to Grow Too Large – Accommodating Facilities to Meet Waiting List Could Undermine Connectivity of Community and History.



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