Dear Damien Community,
We are pleased to officially announce that Damien High School has launched a strategic planning process that will result in the development of a new 2023-2028 Strategic Plan.
This process has not been completed in more than eight years at Damien, and as such, we are excited to be working on a plan that will guide our future growth to best meet the needs of our students and community.
The strategic planning process includes several phases that are necessary to identify the institutional goals that will be the focus of Damien’s growth over the next five years. Today, we are pleased to provide an overview of the current status of planning and future actions.
The following individuals are responsible for the administrative leadership and guidance throughout the Strategic Planning process:
- Joe Siegmund, Damien High School President
- Steven Virgadamo, Strategic Planning Consultant
- Anna-Marie Silva, Regional Superintendent, Department of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
- Casey Yeazel, Chief of Staff, Department of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
In addition, we have appointed members to a Strategic Planning Steering Committee consisting of 10 individuals who are community partners and stakeholders. The steering committee is chaired by Ralph Munoz (owner and attorney at Munoz & Munoz Attorneys at Law, class of ’94 alumnus). As part of the initial phase of the strategic planning process, the steering committee was asked to review current conditions at Damien High School in each of the following domains, which represent core aspects of our mission and purpose as a Catholic School:
- Catholic Identity
- Guidance and Counseling
- Governance and Administration
We are pleased to report that the steering committee has completed their analysis of the current Damien landscape with the help of subject matter experts on campus (faculty and staff members).
This work has set the foundation for the next phase of the strategic planning process, in which 50-70 community stakeholders will be invited to review the steering committee’s assessment in a planning retreat to be held in June. This retreat will serve as workshop in which stakeholders analyze areas of growth for Damien High School, develop objectives for the future, and identify action-items required to meet these goals. Following this retreat, the new Strategic Plan will take shape as a single document, which will ultimately be shared with all school community members and implemented for the future.
If you are asked to join our retreat, we ask that you pray about the opportunity, discern and seek God’s counsel in your commitment to participate, and if you are willing to join us, accept with an open mind and heart.
We would like to thank all those who have assisted us up to this point either as a member of the steering committee or a faculty/staff member who assisted the steering committee in developing their initial reports.
As we continue with our planning, we will be inclusive and transparent throughout the process and provide updates as they are available. I thank each of you for your continued support for Damien High School and we ask for continued prayers for our school and for the body of people that will be selected to work on our plan in the next couple of months.
St. Damien – Pray For Us!
|President||Principal||Regional Superior Congregation of the Sacred Hearts|
|Joe Siegmund, Ph.D. '86||Mike Castillo, Ed.D. '00||Fr. Rich Danyluk, SS.CC.|