Directory of Schools


Holy Family


 786 26 1/2 Road
Grand Junction Colorado 81506

 970-242-6168 (ext. 112)



 Jake Aubert


St. Columba Catholic


 1801 East 3rd Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301




 Kevin Chick

 Rev. Kevin Novack

Business Manager:
 Kelly Gessel


St. John Neumann Catholic School


2415 E. Orman Ave.
Pueblo, Colorado 81004





Principal: Joyce Baca Anderson


St. Therese Catholic School


 320 Goodnight Ave.
Pueblo, Colorado 81004

Phone: 719-561-1121



Nadine Montoya

 Monsignor Marvin J. Kapushion


Catholic School Commission

Diocesan Catholic School Commission



To serve in an advisory role to the Catholic Schools Office in its efforts to support Catholic schools in the Diocese as they strive to integrate Gospel values, Catholic beliefs and traditions in an environment where faith and knowledge meet.


Rosemarie Billick

Mary Jo Bollinger

Sister Nancy Giarratano

Patricia Gonzalez

Kathy West 

Meeting Minutes:

June 7, 2012

February 17, 2012

November 4, 2011

June 24, 2011

In the News

Principals and Teachers Prepare for Online Education
Today's Catholic - October 2010
A major portion of the Catholic schools principal meeting in August centered on the benefits of online education.  Trina Trimm and Michael Ficara from Catholic Schools K 12 Virtual out of Coral Springs, Florida, introduced their program and explained some of the exciting opportunities available to students in our schools. Read more.

Policy Guidelines

Diocese of Pueblo
Handbook of Policy Guidelines for Catholic Schools


This section contains the following:
Letter from Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Table of Contents 

Organization and Administration
This section contains the following:
1. Value of Catholic Schools
2. Types of Catholic Schools
3. Types of School Boards
4. Roles and Responsibilities
5. New School Openings
6. Closing a School
7. Establishment, Expansion or Elimination of School Programs
8. School Handbooks
9. Academic Calendar and Length of school day
10. Closure due to weather or facility conditions
11. Emergency Procedures
12. School Buildings
13. Grievance Procedures
14. Home Schooling
15. Engaging Speakers 

This section contains the following:
20. Admission
21. Immunization
22. Student Attendance
23. Child Custody issues
24. Supervision of Students
25. Reporting child abuse and/or neglect
26. Accidents and illness at school
27. Medications given at school
28. Contact with students during school hours
29. Searches of students and schools
30. Student Files
31. Access to Student files
32. Release of student permanent files
33. Subpoena of records
34. Media Policy
35. Release of student directory information
36. Discipline
37. Suspension
38. Expulsion
39. Student Harassment
40. Tobacco, Alcohol and other Drugs
41. Student Withdrawal
42. Student Transfer on grounds of parental behavior
43. Off-Campus Misconduct
44. Infectious and/or Communicable Diseases

This section contains the following:
50. Equal employment opportunities
51. Certification
52. Lifestyle policy for Catholic Educators
53. Contracts
54. Salaries
55. Benefits
56. Professional Behavior
57. Drug and Alcohol use
58. Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth
59. Safe Environment Program
60. Background Checks
61. Code of Conduct for teachers, staff and volunteers
62. Personnel files - kept at local schools
63. Personnel files - kept at diocesan school office
64. Evaluation of teachers
65. Principal evaluation
66. Interview and Selection of Principals
67. Religious Certification for Catholic School Teachers 

This section contains the following:
80. Curriculum - Instructional Program
81. Subject, Time Allotments
82. Textbooks and resources to support the curriculum
83. Religious Programs
84. Sacramental Preparation
85. Field Trips
86. Email and Internet use
87. Political Issues
88. Reporting of Student Progress
89. Parent-Teacher Conferences
90. Testing Program
91. Retention of Instructional Records

This section contains the following:
100. Budget Preparation
101. Tuition
102. Fundraising Projects and Revenue
103. Retaining Financial Records
104. Donations, Grants and Endowments

Federal & State Regulations
This section contains the following:
110. Administration of Federal Government Programs
111. Statement of Non-Discrimination
112. State Regulations of Private Schools 

Appendix A
Board Members Code of Ethics, Consensus Model and Evaluation Tool

Appendix B
School Handbook Checklist

Appendix C
Emergency Sheet, Release and Consent Form 

Appendix D
Educational Records and Parental Rights

Appendix E
Photographic and Interview Release

Appendix G
Diocesan Contract

Appendix H
Salary Guidelines

Appendix J
Diocese of Pueblo Sexual Misconduct Complaint Forms

Appendix K 
Diocesan Background Screening Policy

Appendix L
Teacher, Staff and Volunteer Code of Conduct

Appendix O
Field Trip Authorization Form

Appendix P
Colorado Child Safety Seat and Seat Belt Laws

Appendix Q
Internet Policy and Consent Forms

Appendix R
Speaker Request Form

Appendix S
Retaining Financial Records

Appendix T 
Retaining Financial Records

The Value of Catholic Education

Catholic Schools Still Have Value in Today’s World
by Sister Betty Werner, OP
Superintendent of Catholic Schools

High academic standards, orderly behavior and solid Christian values continue to be the standard trademarks of Catholic schools throughout the nation.  They provide the setting where teachers have the unique privilege of being able to educate the whole child, mind, body and spirit.

In support of the good work accomplished through Catholic schools in our society, a Task Force for the University of Notre Dame recently published Notre Dame’s renewed commitment to the future of Catholic education in the United States.  The University joined the Bishops in recognizing that Catholic schools are as important today as they have been in the past.

The Task Force acknowledged a number of challenges faced by Catholic schools today including: demographic shifts, the changing role of religion in the lives of American Catholics, increasing educational options that parents face for their children, the growing Latino population, attracting and forming faith-filled leaders, and financing schools effectively so they might be accessible to all families who choose them.

But in spite of these challenges, Notre Dame University concluded that there is no substitute for spending thirty-five hours each week in an educational environment permeated by faith and Gospel values.  The U.S. Bishops supported this finding in saying:

“Catholic schools afford the fullest and best opportunity to realize the four-fold purpose of Christian education, namely, to provide an atmosphere in which the Gospel message is proclaimed, community in Christ is experienced, service to our sisters and brothers is the norm, and thanksgiving and worship of God is cultivated.” (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium)

When Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Education, received the Catholic School Leadership Award at Fordham University in 2009 he stated:

“In today’s world – full of so much terrorism and hate; full of so many wars, conflicts, absurd struggles, which have not in the least been diminished by technical progress, but rather, on the contrary, made more severe – we need Catholic schools that teach respect toward each person; that teach love, forgiveness, reconciliation and dialogue.”

Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI also recognized Catholic schools in our country as great gifts to our Church and to our nation.  Pope Benedict refered to Catholic education as “an outstanding apostolate of hope.”

In the Diocese of Pueblo, a rural diocese spread out over 50,000 square miles, we are fortunate to be gifted with four Catholic schools: Holy Family in Grand Junction, St. Columba in Durango, and St. Therese and St. John Neumann in Pueblo.  All four of these schools strive to instill in the lives of our youth the values so treasured by our Catholic Faith. 
We pray for their continued success, for the dedicated staff and parents who daily provide for their support, and for the nearly one thousand students who attend these schools.   Under the guidance of Bishop Isern, clergy, religious and lay leaders, it is our hope that together we can continue preparing the young people who attend these schools to be good citizens with a faith-filled commitment to our Church and society in today’s world.