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March 5, 2019

Dear St. Bonaventure High School Community,

On behalf of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Department of Catholic Schools, I want to express my sincere and utmost gratitude to Marc Groff for his dedication, service, and leadership in Catholic education for the past 43 years, and especially for his service to the St. Bonaventure High School Community, where he has worked for 33 years. Prior to becoming principal at St. Bonaventure High School, he was a teacher, Head Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach, Athletic Director for 18 years, and a counselor. Mr. Groff bleeds Seraph green and has given of himself tirelessly through good times and challenging times to ensure that faculty, staff, parents, and students were cared for in a loving, Catholic community. He has impacted countless students throughout his career and has always stood as an exemplary Catholic role model. I hope that the remaining months of the school year will be a celebration of his hard work and legacy at St. Bonaventure High School. He has earned his retirement!

Of course, with Mr. Groff’s retirement comes the need to find St. Bonaventure’s next principal. Such transitions can bring uncertainty and anxiety to a school community, so we want to be as transparent as possible regarding our hiring process in order to alleviate your concerns. Please know that the Department of Catholic Schools is committed to following a rigorous, inclusive process to find the right fit to lead this special community forward.

In order to ensure that we are considering the unique needs of your community, we will distribute an input survey to faculty and staff to ascertain the qualities and characteristics that are needed in the next principal. Additionally, we will be forming an interview committee to conduct on-campus interviews at St. Bonaventure. This committee will be comprised of a few faculty and staff members, as well as Department of Catholic Schools staff. Dr. Kevin Baxter, Superintendent of Schools, will make the final decision in collaboration with Department of Catholic Schools leadership. We have provided a timeline of our hiring process below.

Principal Hiring Timeline

March 5 Post Job Announcement

Mid-March Form Interview Committee; Survey input from St. Bonaventure Community

April 12, 2019 Deadline to apply

Mid-April Initial screening of letters and résumés; phone interviews

Late April On-campus Interviews with full Interview Committee

Late April Final interviews with Superintendent at ACC

Early May Formal announcement made

Please keep the interview committee, the Department of Catholic Schools, and the St. Bonaventure High School Community in your prayers throughout the process.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Dan O’Connell, Ed.D.

Deputy Superintendent of High Schools