Trent D. Bocan will no longer hold the position of superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Greensburg as part of a possible reorganization of the diocese's Office for Catholic Schools, according to a statement posted on the diocese's website. The change was effective Dec. 5.
The diocese's Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt announced Oct. 21 that the diocese would contract with an independent professional educational consulting firm to evaluate the governance and governance structure of the diocese's two high schools, the role and duties of the superintendent, and the formation of advisory boards and committees at the high schools and at the diocese itself, according to the statement.
Mr. Brandt said in the statement that Mr. Bocan was removed "in order that the study referred to above and the prospective restructuring of the office for Catholic schools as well as the role and duties of the superintendent of Catholic schools may be conducted in an independent manner."
As part of the evaluation, the bishop stated, the diocese has begun negotiations with Milwaukee-based Meitler, which has worked with more than 2,600 Catholic schools, parishes and dioceses. He stated that Meitler will consult with a broad cross section of faculty, staff, coaches, students, parents and legal guardians, alumni, pastors and representatives of local civic groups.
In response to the diocese's statement, Mr. Bocan said he was proud of his eight years as superintendent, and felt confident his work had laid a solid foundation for the "continued enhancement of good governance practices.
"At this juncture, I feel I have given all that I can to the Diocese of Greensburg," he said in a statement. "In the end, my work speaks for itself. My professional ambitions, however, are leading me in a different direction; a direction that is more focused on traditional educational leadership and supporting classroom learning."
Mr. Bocan's departure comes on the heels of the ouster on Sept. 23 of Greensburg Central Catholic High School Principal Denise Myers.
Myers was placed on paid leave Sept. 23 and removed Oct. 10 after an investigation found financial improprieties and violations of state law and diocesan policy, according to the diocese. Diocesan officials did not elaborate on the specifics of those improprieties and violations.
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First Published December 6, 2013 7:01 PM