Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Last month I provided an update on progress in determining teacher compensation for the coming year. I am pleased to share that we are on track with our multi-year regional goal to match public school compensation scales. Never before have our schools been in a position to provide pay raises that truly account for a teacher’s education and years of experience. Some of our most tenured teachers will see significant increases - a well-deserved acknowledgement of their dedication and loyalty. Marty Flaherty, principal at Holy Family, is just one administrator who has shared how grateful he is to provide just compensation for teachers. In his words: “Our teachers are committed, faith-filled professionals who provide our kids with an exceptional education. The regionalization process put us in a position to compensate our teachers in a way that they deserve.” 

If you haven’t already seen this video, I encourage you to take a few minutes to learn about the new regional approach to tuition affordability, teacher compensation and stewarding our collective resources. 

In addition, I want to provide some reminders regarding the tuition assistance process and ESAs:
  • The tuition assistance application process is open now through April 18. There is just one application per household for all available programs including CTO and the new Diocesan Tuition Assistance Endowment. Click here for income guidelines.

  • The process and time frame for the distribution of ESA funds is still being determined, therefore it is imperative that families proceed with the Fair application. Receiving tuition assistance does not affect ESA eligibility and can only help a family’s financial situation.

  • Families are invited to join me in a virtual meeting to learn more about tuition assistance and ESAs on Friday, March 3 at noon or Tuesday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m. You do not need to register – simply click here to join. 
We are grateful to our regional board for developing an ambitious but attainable plan to meet this goal, only possible with the collaboration of Bishop Joensen, pastors, administrators and diocesan staff.
Thank you for your continued support. 
Dr. Dan Ryan
President, Dowling Catholic High School and Des Moines Region

Regional Update (Spanish) 3.1.23 
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