Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7071 Coral Gables Senior High School

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    05/14/2007  02:45 PM

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Recording Secretary:    Paula Munnerlyn

Location of meeting:    Coral Gables Senior High Media Center

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  04/25/2007


Members Present:

Otero, Josephine (Alternate Principal)
Blackmon, Daniel (Union Steward)
Albalate, Eulalia (Teacher)
Hofmann, Stephanie (Teacher)
Munnerlyn, Paula (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Carmen (Teacher)
Zequeira, Otto (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Lowman, Mike (Adult/Vocational Teacher)
Gonzalez, Richard (Educational Support Employee)
Levenstein, Sonia (Parent)
Watson, Sharon (Parent)
Hernandez, Robert (Alternate Parent)
Navarro, Andrew (Alternate Student)
Betancur, Judith (Adult/Vocational Student)
Reitsma, Joan (Business/Community Representative)
Zoller, Christopher (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Excused):

Gans, Jo Anne D (Principal)
Pullum, Fred (Adult/Vocational Principal)
Brisson, Nicki (Teacher)
Hyatt, Iris (Teacher)
Yanes, Silvia (Alternate Educational Support)
Acosta, Elisabeth (Parent)
Brennan, Eileen (Parent)
Orgaz, Dee (Parent)
Salazar, Liz (Parent)
Garcia, Jackie (Alternate Parent)
Melton, Mabel (Alternate Parent)
Ordonez, Ebet (Alternate Parent)
Lara, Brittany (Student)
Lopez, Albert (Student)
Wong, Tere (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

No one else was present.

Topics Covered:

Today’s meeting opened with a welcome from Chairperson Hofmann, followed by introductions of the committee members present. A quorum was established. The April 16, 2007 minutes were read and accepted pending the correction of several typos.

Items covered:
School Improvement Plan-Presentation of the SIP End-Of-Year Review was given by Ms. Otero. Ms. Otero pointed out the following items:
A. Interim assessment-there was growth
B. We will be organizing and analyzing our FCAT results
C. We are just beginning our Academy
D. Math interim assessment had a decrease. This is a District issue. There was, according to math teachers, no correlation to what they were teaching on the math interim.
E. There will be a summer freshmen focus committee to discuss the needs of these students
F. To schedule all 11th graders into a science class for the next year
G. Parental involvement is necessary. Ms. Otero reviewed the forms of contact made to parents including parent sign-ins at all school meetings; random calls are made to alert parents to their children’s attendance, and parent-teacher conference were among her list. Ms. Otero also discussed early release, school uniforms, suspension rate did not go down), technology goals (new computers for classrooms), and health & physical fitness; especially, all PE teachers will be trained in CPR.

Mr. Zoller (business) mentioned school safety, and his concerns. Mr. Blackmon (UTD) moved to accept Ms. Otero overview of her report; it was seconded by Mr. Navarro (student). EESAC approved the SIP End-Of-Year Review.

Open Forum
Mr. Zequeira brought in a 20 page document on Parent Involvement from the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, August 2005. Copies were given out to all present. Mr. Gonzalez (instructional support) thanked the PTSA for a wonderful luncheon. Ms. Sonia Levenstein (parent) complimented all the sophomores who are now certified lifeguards. They are Michael Levenstein, her son, David Garcia, and Tyler Peters. This was earned at Venetian pool. The assistant principal to replace Mr. Walker will be Dr. Nestor Diaz, presently head of testing department.