Resolution sees Diaz reinstated as St. Pat’s Principal

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Eddie Diaz resumed his position as principal of St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Perry Monday after a tumultuous 10 days.

Eddie Diaz returned to his post as principal of St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Perry Monday morning after losing the job Aug. 17 in a surprise move that sparked resistance from some of the school’s parents and staff members as well as community members.

“I am privileged to live in such a supportive community,” Diaz said Monday as the children cheered his return, “and I am excited to continue working with a great staff, wonderful students and caring parents. I thank everyone for their support and hope to continue to be able to do what is best for students.”

The Rev. Chris Reising, St. Pat’s parish priest, issued the following letter Monday morning:

Dear Friends:

I am happy to report that recent conversations with Eddie Diaz and me have led to a resolution of our concerns and, in turn, to his reinstatement as Principal of St. Patrick School immediately.

As we move forward, we are steadfastly committed to the unity of St. Patrick Church and School. We are one entity all working together seeking full participation in our life together with emphasis on Sunday worship.

Mr. Diaz and I have agreed to work with all stakeholders in developing, over five years, a strategic long-range plan for the school. Such an undertaking will be comprised of, among other priorities, clearly defined Catholic identity, outstanding academics, fiscal accountability, well developed allied programs in athletics and other activities and attention to the bicultural nature of the school. Most importantly, St. Patrick School will be dedicated to the care and beneficial growth of each of our students nurtured in a safe environment.

It is time to set aside issues which have caused divisions among ourselves and focus on our significant strengths which will enable St. Patrick’s to sponsor a school program of which we can all be justifiably proud.

Heartfelt thanks are owed to all who support the St. Patrick School mission. We will need to count on your help even more. Can you think of a better investment for your charitable dollars? Special gratitude is owed to the O’Malley Family and Trust for unwavering generosity and assistance.

As we open the next chapter in St. Patrick School history, both Mr. Diaz and I solicit your prayer for us. May all of us experience God’s rich blessings.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Reverend Chris Reising Pastor, St. Patrick Parish

 

 

 

 

 

Queridos amigos:

Tengo el gusto de notificarles que conversaciones recientes entre Eddie Díaz y yo, nos han llevado a una resolución respecto a nuestras preocupaciones y, por ende, a su restitución inmediata como Director de la Escuela de St. Patrick.

Conforme seguimos adelante, estamos firmemente comprometidos a la unidad de la Iglesia y Escuela de St. Patrick. Somos una entidad en la que trabajamos todos juntos buscando la participación plena en nuestra vida en común con énfasis en la liturgia dominical.

El Sr. Díaz y yo hemos acordado trabajar con todas las partes interesadas en el desarrollo, a un plazo de cinco años, de un plan estratégico a largo plazo para la escuela. Estos esfuerzos consistirán, entre otras prioridades, lograr una identidad Católica claramente definida, resultados académicos excelentes, responsabilidad fiscal, buen desarrollo de programas adicionales en deportes y otras actividades, así como atención a la naturaleza bicultural de la escuela. Y lo más importante, St. Patrick continuará dedicándose al cuidado y progreso positivo de cada uno de nuestros estudiantes sustentado en un ambiente seguro.

Es tiempo de hacer a un lado los problemas que han causado división entre nosotros y de enfocarnos en nuestros múltiples puntos fuertes que permiten que St. Patrick provea un programa escolar del cual todos podamos estar justificablemente orgullosos.

Extendemos nuestro agradecimiento de todo corazón a todos los que apoyan la misión de la Escuela de St. Patrick. Vamos a necesitar seguir contando con su ayuda más que nunca.
¿Pueden pensar en una mejor de invertir sus fondos caritativos? Un agradecimiento especial a la Familia O’Malley y su Fideicomiso por su consistente generosidad y asistencia.

Al abrir un nuevo capítulo en la historia de la Escuela de St. Patrick, tanto el Sr. Díaz y yo les pedimos sus oraciones por nosotros. Que todos podamos disfrutar de las abundantes bendiciones de Dios.

Atentamente, en Cristo,
Reverendo Chris Reising Párroco, Parroquia de St. Patrick

Among his innovations as principal, Diaz introduced The Leader in Me program this year, based upon the popular self-help book by Steven R. Covey, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”

St. Patrick’s Catholic School teaches students in kindergarten through the eighth grade. Enrollment is about 120.

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