BC to Host National Symposium on Catholic School Financing

(7-6-98) -- Eleven programs that creatively address financing for Catholic schools will be honored at the third annual "Conversations in Excellence" conference, a free, four-day symposium to be held July 9-12 at Boston College.

One highlight of the symposium will be an address by University Trustee Peter Lynch, vice chairman and trustee of Fidelity Management and Research Co., on Saturday, July 11 at 7:15 p.m. in the Lower Campus Dining Hall's Height's Room.

The symposium is part of the Selected Programs for Improving Catholic Education initiative, co-sponsored by Boston College and the National Catholic Educational Association. SPICE works to identify and evaluate successful K-12 Catholic school programs throughout the nation, then to disseminate that information to Catholic school administrators worldwide.

"Peter Lynch is known for his great support of, and respect for, Catholic education," said Regina Haney, co-director of SPICE and executive director of the National Association of Catholic Boards of Education, a division of NCEA. "We're delighted that he is bringing his expertise and vision directly to Catholic educational leaders."

Other featured speakers include: Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities President Frank Butler; Howard Gray, SJ, director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Boston College; Dale McDonald, PBVM, director of research and public policy at NCEA; and Joseph Harris, author and researcher on Catholic school finances.

Ten of the 11 programs honored this year will give showcase presentations on their innovative financing ideas. Schools from California, Ohio, New York, Indiana, Kansas and Montana will be represented. A panel discussion featuring school superintendents from around the country will follow.

Admission to the SPICE symposium is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information on attending any part of the symposium, call (617) 552-8426.

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