The SAC is established by the Pastor, in accordance with Archdiocesan policy, to advise him and the principal in the governance of the parish school. Members cannot act apart from the pastor and the principal and cannot make decisions that are binding on the parish school without the approval of the pastor and principal. Advisory also means that decisions will not be made in major matters until and unless the council has been consulted. The areas in which the SAC has responsibility and shall be consulted include: planning, policy development, finance, development and public relations, selection of the principal, evaluation of the principal's relationship with the SAC and major curriculum changes, especially in the area of education in human sexuality and religious education. New members must complete the required two-hour orientation.
The SAC holds regular meetings August to May. All meetings are open to the Saint John Nepomuk community except for those sessions designated as executive. Non-council members who would like to address the SAC may make a request to the chairperson, pastor or principal in writing at least 10 days prior to the next meeting. The written request shall include the topic to be discussed. The request to address the council may be denied if it involves areas in which SAC has no jurisdiction. If the request is denied the person making the request will be informed of the decision.
Summaries of the minutes taken from the most recent School Advisory Council Meeting may be requested from the school principal.