A new superintendent for Omaha Catholic Schools will start on July 1st. With 73 schools in the Archdiocese, it's a big job. Patrick Slattery shared his plans with Channel 6 News.
Slattery is currently the president of Omaha Skutt High School, but starting this summer he will take on a new, bigger role as superintendent of Omaha Catholic Schools and he's ready to take on the challenge.
“Pretty lofty goals for myself, I think there is no reason our diocese and school system can't be amongst the strongest in the country and that's something to shoot for."
As he takes on the new position, the position itself is changing. “The superintendent role and staff have a call to action to really make a change.”
It's all part of a broader strategic plan by the Archdiocese of Omaha. What are some of his goals overall? “Trying to improve the marketing and becoming more data savvy, so that our data can really drive some of the education decisions and improve student learning. Academically, we have very strong schools, but again looking to improve academic initiatives."
Slattery's plan is to push forward while keeping the core values the same. “Making sure that we continue to deliver a message of faith and morals to our students and up-living our Catholic identity." Something that's important to parents like Travis Washington, who has four kids in Catholic school.
“We like them studying faith, we like them being around it."
The current superintendent, Monsignor James Gilg, has also been serving in the dual role as executive director of Omaha Catholic Schools consortium. He will now take over that role full time.