School Financial Structure
Bishop Baraga Catholic School is just one unit of the larger Cheboygan Catholic Community.
As such, the school's budget and other financial processes are directly tied to those of the St.
Mary's / St. Charles and Sacred Heart Parishes. The school budget is considered in
conjunction with the church and cemetery budgets to achieve the overall parish budget. The
Parish Finance Council is responsible for advising and making recommendations to the Pastor
for managing and maintaining these three operational budgets. The Finance Council is
appointed by the Pastor and is responsible for reviewing and analyzing the financial activities
of the parish and school. This group monitors compliance with the annual budget, reviews
quarterly financial reports and approves most school-related expenditures.
The cost of educating each student at Bishop Baraga Catholic School is approximately
$6,400. The school relies on three primary sources to fund these operating expenses:
Subsidies from St. Mary's/St. Charles and Sacred Heart Parishes – A portion of the
weekly offertory receipts are used to subsidize school operating costs.
Tuition – Tuition paid by enrolled families.
School Income – This is primarily income from school fundraising efforts, although it
can also include donations from parishioners made directly to the school via the
“blue” offertory envelopes.