officially recognized by Diocese
An exciting announcement about Summit Academy came from Father Paul in this weekend’s bulletin. Bishop Peter Christensen has officially recognized Summit Academy in Cottonwood, Idaho, as a Private Catholic School in the Diocese of Boise, effective July 1, 2016.
The grant of recognition is for a 2 year probationary period. At the end of which, the recognition will be reviewed for renewal. What this means for Summit, is that instead of being a “private school run by lay Catholics” they can title themselves a “Private Catholic School”. This fall marks the beginning of the 19th year for Summit Academy. Affiliation with the Diocese of Boise has been sought after and worked towards by all school officials during the 19 years. Congratulations to all those who have worked so diligently past and present to pave the way for this recognition.
According to Principal James Hickel this is great news for the school. He said it affiliates them with the church making them inclusive instead of being just a private school. The bishop is the only one that can make this designation and getting the sanction of the bishop is important.
It also opens up some funding avenues that were not available before.
Hickel is also hoping getting the bishop’s sanction will help heal some wounds in the community. He says he feels this is really good for the community, giving them much tighter ties to the Diocese.