Franco-Nord Director of Education set to retireMonday, January 21, 2013 by: Kate AdamsConseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord
At the regular meeting of the Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord school board held on Wednesday, January 16th, Cynthia Roveda, Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer of the Board, announced that she will be retiring on March 31st, 2013, after 32.7 years in the field of education.
Mrs. Roveda has been at the service of students and families of the Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord board and its predecessor, the Conseil des écoles séparées catholiques du District de Nipissing, since 1980, having worked as a teacher at École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité in Sturgeon Falls, as vice principal at École Écho-Jeunesse in Sturgeon Falls, and, for three years, as principal at École Écho-Jeunesse in Sturgeon Falls and at École Ste-Marie in Field. In 2000, Mrs. Roveda took on supervisory responsibilities at the board office. She was appointed associate director of education on May 28th, 2008, and director of education and secretary-treasurer of the board on October 1st, 2008, a position she has held since that time.
The Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord board has seen many positive developments under Mrs. Roveda’s leadership. Some of the board’s most important accomplishments during her mandate are:
a significant improvement in provincial test results: 15
% increase in Grade 3 Reading, 11 % in Grade 3 Writing, 5
% in Grade 3 Mathematics, 6 % in Grade 6 Reading, 14 % in Grade 9 Applied Mathematics;
an 8.6 % increase in the percentage of students having obtained 16 credits by the end of Grade 10, bringing the percentage up to 94.3 %;
a 95 % satisfaction rate amongst parents regarding the welcome and support experienced at the board’s schools;
construction of École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph in Sturgeon Falls, École élémentaire catholique Saints-Anges in North Bay, the Grades 7 and 8 section at École secondaire catholique Algonquin, École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne in Mattawa, École secondaire catholique Élisabeth-Bruyère in Mattawa and the Louveteaux childcare facility in Sturgeon Falls.
As well as carrying out her duties in the schools and at the Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord board, Mrs. Roveda has chaired several local and provincial boards and working groups: the Association des gestionnaires de l’éducation franco-ontarienne, the governing committee for the Centre Jules-Léger, the steering committee for the provincial videoconferencing centre and the working group for the Nipissing-Timiscaming Integrated Services for Northern Children. From 2002 to 2005, she was a member of the committee established jointly by the ministries of Education, Community and Social Services and Attorney General to make recommendations regarding the Youth Criminal Justice Act. In 2007-2008, she spearheaded a revision of the protocol between the 14 police services, 14 school boards and 7 school district administration boards of Northeastern Ontario. Mrs. Roveda has also served on the boards of the West Nipissing Childcare Corporation, Yes Employment Services, Algonquin Child and Family Services, more recently known as Hands, the Family Help Network.
Mrs. Roveda is known for her attention to the well-being of everyone around her. One of her objectives as director of education has been to make regular visits to each school to observe the work that is being done there and to offer her appreciation to members of staff. “My greatest joy was derived from working closely with families and staff. I want to thank our school board trustees for the confidence and support that have enabled me to make a contribution to the fulfillment of our board’s mission of improving student success.”