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2 Mar 2015
METUCHEN – Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski will receive the St. John Neumann Award at the 2015 Catholic School Education Dinner April 14 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.
The award, which is named for the “Father of the Parochial School System,” is given to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, commitment and dedication to promoting Catholic school education in the Diocese of Metuchen.
“Bishop Bootkoski has made Catholic schools a priority in the diocese and continues to be a strong proponent,” said Msgr. Michael J. Corona, executive director of the diocesan Department of Education. “Our bishop is deserving of this honor, which also is an expression of our gratitude for his ongoing support for the teachers, administrators, and most importantly the children attending our Catholic schools.”
The proceeds from the Catholic School Education Dinner benefit the Foundation for Catholic Education Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition assistance for low-income families whose children attend diocesan Catholic schools.
In 2002, during his first year as the bishop of Metuchen, Bishop Bootkoski dedicated the diocese’s first Catholic elementary school in Hunterdon County, Immaculate Conception School, Annandale. The school continues to thrive and in 2013 earned a prestigious Blue Ribbon award from United States Department of Education.
The bishop also supported the creation of the diocese’s first deanery school, Holy Savior Academy, South Plainfield, which was opened in 2011 and is the only school in the diocese under the direction of a Board of Limited Jurisdiction. This board provides leadership in the areas of finance, marketing, advancement and planning.
More recently, to guarantee continuous academic improvement for all students and a strong commitment to professional development of all educators, Bishop Bootkoski approved a new accreditation process under the direction of AdvancED, a rigorous international organization. This system-wide accreditation process is used at all levels of education and is designed to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards.
Ellen F. Ayoub, superintendent, diocesan Office of Schools noted, “I have seen time and time again how much Bishop Paul supports Catholic schools. Over the years, he has approved new systems and strategies to keep them strong and prepare our students for the future.
“It is also very heart-warming to see the bishop interact with our Catholic school students throughout the year. And I am especially pleased with Bishop Bootkoski’s latest decision to approve our new system of accreditation.”
For dinner tickets, sponsorship opportunities and information about the basket auction and raffle, go to http://diometuchen.org/fcedinner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (732) 562-2452.
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