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Antonio L. Roca, Esquire, President

Mr. Roca received a juris doctor degree, cum laude from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2000, where he was a member of the St. Thomas University Law Review Executive Board and St. Thomas University Moot Court Board. He received a B.S. degree in International Business from Florida State University in1997. He has also served as a member of the following professional and community organizations: Performing Arts Center Trust, Florida Bar Cuban-American Bar Association, Miami -Dade County Bar Association, Puente de Jovenes Profesionales Cubanos, Board Member of the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic American Law Society, and Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Antonio L. Roca, Esquire

Antonio L. Roca, Esquire

President

Mr. Roca has served the Mater School System for more than seven years, and began his work with Mater as a board member in June of 2004. Mr. Roca was elected Chairman of the Board and President. Mr. Roca served in the dual capacity of Chairman and President for six (6) years. During the 2009-2010 school year, in order to better model our system to the SACS standards, we organized the Mater Academy School System bifurcating the Chairman’s and President’s roles and duties. Mr. Roca played a key role in the Mater School System restructuring, which occurred in 2009. The Board nominated Mr. Roca to serve in the capacity of President, and he serves as a liaison between the Board and the schools. Currently, Mr. Roca serves only as the President of Mater Academy, Inc. the head of the school system.The President oversees the business, operations and educational programming of the Mater schools, as well as reports
on all aspects of school operations and makes recommendations to the Board. The President is not a member of the Board, has no vote on the Board, and is responsible for implementing the Mater Academy, Inc. Strategic Plan.

Some of the responsibilities of the President, acting as the Head of the Mater School System include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide management and oversight of school system operations;
  • Evaluate Principals annually;
  • Meet with Stakeholders and parents to address any concerns as a threshold/intermediary and makes recommendations to the Board prior to Board’s involvement;
  • Respond to concerns and complaints of any stakeholders who request audience and provide resolution efforts to remediate their conflict prior to addressing governing board;
  • Negotiate and coordinate contracts and evaluate services of Mater, Inc’s contracted professionals;
  • Annually evaluates the work and services provide by hired education service provider, and provides recommendations to Board as needed;
  • Reviews and evaluates school system procedures including but not limited to Code of Ethics, Whistle Blower, Conflict of Interest, and further evaluates the procedures implemented by the Sponsor and makes recommendations regarding same;
  • Oversees Principal Coalition meetings and provides recommendations to Board (e.g. interim assessments, transportation, Comprehensive Reading Plan, Code of Student Conduct, crisis management, et. al.;
  • Convene annual Leadership training/retreat and/or training program for new directors annual continuing education program for existing directors;
  • Commissions the Lead Principal and Assistant Lead Principal to ensure implementation of Mater’s desegregated circle-centralized system of management;
  • Oversees reporting of annual progress to Sponsor and the Commissioner of Education to ensure the School System’s accountability reports are submitted and received;
  • Oversee and enable Academic accountability and financial accountability;
  • Oversees the Auditor’s certification process and makes recommendations to the Board for Auditor selection; ensures the timely submission of all audited financial reports from each school to the sponsor as required by the state accountability requirements;
  • Reviews and makes recommendations to the Board on the A.F.S., including addressing any audit findings and recommendations;
  • Oversees creation of operating budgets and financial statements for each school for the Board to adopt;
  • Exercise continuing oversight over charter school operations;
  • Offer means for employee recruitment;
  • Conduct periodic and annual evaluations of the performance of each School in categories of financial performance, including budget to actual financial results; staff turnover data; academic performance, including enrollment; and facilities costs;

Oversee Charter School Annual Report preparation and submission to include:

  1. Student achievement performance data;
  2. Financial status of the School, including revenues and expenditures at a level of detail that allows for analysis of the ability to meet financial obligations and timely repayment of debt;
  3. Documentation of the facilities in current use and any planned facilities for use by the charter school for instruction of students, administrative functions, or investment purposes;
  4. A report on each charter school’s personnel, including salary and benefit levels of charter school employees, the proportion of instructional personnel who hold professional or temporary certificates, and the proportion of instructional personnel teaching in-field or out-of-field;
  • Oversee hiring procedures and out of area waiver requests for employees;
  • Review all federal and state mandates and ensure system wide implementation (e.g. CSR, Merit Pay for teachers);
  • Ensure Facilities are well maintained and offer a safe learning environment that are conducive to learning;
  • Approve respective principal budget plans (including staff allocations) to ensure state and federal mandates  are maintained and conducive to learning;
  • Ensure School system effectiveness and adherence to all SACS/CASI quality system standards and indicators;
  • Oversee website implementation as a communication tool to address all stakeholders;
  • Oversee annual Quality Assurance Review of all schools and present to Board on any relevant findings
  • Report to Board on overall school system compliance with all SACS/CASI standards for individual Schools in  conjunction with ESP;
  • Actively works to identify new facilities and alternate financing if necessary;
  • Act as liaison between government officials, politicians and other community stakeholders;
  • Represent Mater, Inc. as Head of School System;
  • Instill climate of high expectations.

 

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