I am a Marian Central alum along with my 4 children. For over 26 years my wife and I sent our 4 kids through the Catholic school system between attending St. Mary’s of Woodstock and Marian Central. We believed that a faith backed education like both my wife and I experienced was the best for our kids. Now with the last one in college we know we made the right decision!
When our first child started Marian in the fall of 2000, I volunteered for the Fathers Club Bingo program and worked monthly and then weekly until it ended in the fall of 2016. Throughout that experience I got to know a lot of people involved with Marian including parents, teachers, staff and members of the administration! We experienced a lot of different styles and ideas throughout the years, but the one thing that never changed is that we all shared a love for Marian and felt like we are all one family, the Marian Central family!
Unfortunately, Marian has had to deal with several changes over the last few years in the superintendent position that was led by the diocese with reasons that have never been explained. Then in 2016 I was asked by the Council to be part of the Leadership Advisory a committee to help provide direction on how we can restore trust back into the school. I believe that we accomplished this in just in sixteen months of the committee’s existence. One of the primary achievements was defining the role of the Superintendent and who would be the ideal candidate. This feedback was given to the Executive Committee and the Council of administration, the governing body of the school, who in the spring of 2017 hired a recruiting firm and launched an extensive search.
By May, Mr. Steve Baldwin was recruited from Guerin Catholic Prep High School in Chicago and was hired as the new superintendent. He was exactly the type of person the school needed. In the first few months you knew we were headed in the right direction and everyone I talked to agreed! Then in just one year he was removed by the diocese without a reason along with the governing body of the school, the council of administration. No communication or explanation!!! Why did this happen and why did the diocese do this?
The WeAreMC.net was put together to find out why the diocese has taken away our voice in the school! The Marian family wants answers on why we won’t have a voice on how our school is run. If people don’t have a voice on how its run, WHY would you send your children there, volunteer your time or give money to the school?
—George Thompson, Class 1977