The Second Vatican Council called for greater involvement of the laity in the total life of the parish and school. Catholic schools involve parents and parishioners in shared responsibility and participatory decision-making through local school committees, commissions or boards.
The Diocesan Advisory Commission on Catholic Schools (DACCS) was established in 2016, under the direction of Bishop Oscar Cantu and Julia Fracker, Superintendent . Its role is to act as a consultation body to the diocese and the Catholic school superintendent on all matters concerning Catholic education such as strategic planning, governance, policy formation, finances, public relations, marketing, and evaluation. The commission is comprised of the Bishop, superintendent, three pastors, one school board representive from each school and at-large members from throughout the Catholic community.
The Commission meets at least quarterly and much of the commission's work is done within subcommitees to address specific areas of interest. Each member of the commission serves on a subcommittee along with at-large members drawn from the community. Some examples of subcommittees are: Governance/Mission, Finance, and Advancement and Marketing.
There are many problems confronting Catholic schools in the 21st century. The Diocesan Advisory Commission is leading the way in finding solutions. The commission is the place where ideas get put on the table. Members of the commission are a group of people with the same goal, providing the best, most accessible, Catholic education possible; they bring the best of the best together.