This podcast features Phil Puleo, Superintendent of the Christian School Association of Greater Harrisburg (CSAGH), an organization that oversees both Harrisburg Christian School (HCS) and West Shore Christian Academy (WSCA) in the Pennsylvania capital. Phil discusses the process of bringing these two schools together, the promise that mergers and acquisitions have for Christian school sustainability, and lessons he’s learned about collaboration that apply to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

  • Additional Resource: Read Phil’s blog post on this topic here.

About the Host  

ACSI - Lynn Swaner ACSI blog contributorDr. Lynn Swaner is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at ACSI, where she leads initiatives and develops strategies to address compelling questions and challenges facing Christian education. Prior to joining ACSI she served as a Christian school administrator and a graduate professor of education. Dr. Swaner serves as a Cardus Senior Fellow and is the lead editor of the books MindShift: Catalyzing Change in Christian Education and PIVOT: New Directions for Christian Education, co-author of Bring It to Life: Christian Education and the Transformative Power of Service-Learning, and editor of the ACSI blog. She received her EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. She can be reached via email at lynn_swaner@acsi.org and on Twitter @LynnSwaner1.

About the Guest

Phil PuleoPhil Puleo is the Superintendent of the Christian School Association of Greater Harrisburg (CSAGH), an organization that oversees both Harrisburg Christian School (HCS) and West Shore Christian Academy (WSCA). Phil served at Harrisburg Christian School for seven years as Secondary Principal and eight years as Headmaster before CSAGH acquired WSCA in 2017. Phil has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education-History from Messiah College and an MBA from Frostburg State University. Phil serves on a number of councils including ACSI Northeast Regional Council, Messiah College Presidential Advisory Counsel, and the Lancaster Bible College Corporation.  He and his wife, Cristen, have four children. He can be reached via email at phil.puleo@csagh.org.

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Questions to Consider:

As you think about sustainability for your school, are their opportunities to collaborate with Christian schools nearby—whether in big ways (e.g., a merger) or smaller ways?

 

How might such collaboration expand the Kingdom impact of your school?

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