Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7071 Coral Gables Senior High School

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    12/10/2007  02:50 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,  12/03/2007


Members Present:

Gans, Jo Anne D (Principal)
Blackmon, Daniel (Union Steward)
Hofmann, Stephanie (Teacher)
Hyatt, Iris (Teacher)
Munnerlyn, Paula (Teacher)
Zequeira, Otto (Teacher)
Furnari, Sherry (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Lowman, Mike (Adult/Vocational Teacher)
Gonzalez, Richard (Educational Support Employee)
Flores, Maria (Parent)
Loli, Irma (Parent)
Watson, Sharon (Parent)
Hernandez, Robert (Alternate Parent)
Jackson, Gail (Alternate Parent)
Gonzalez, Alexandra (Alternate Student)
Betancur, Judith (Adult/Vocational Student)
Zoller, Christopher (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Excused):

Pullum, Fred (Adult/Vocational Principal)
Albalate, Eulalia (Teacher)
Otero, Josephine (Alternate Principal)
Rodriguez, Carmen (Teacher)
Yanes, Silvia (Alternate Educational Support)
San Roman, Irma (Parent)
Ramos, Maritza (Alternate Parent)
Tavarez, Helen (Parent)
Torres, Hector (Parent)
Levenstein, Sonia (Alternate Parent)
Fernandez, Maria (Student)
Levenstein, Michael (Student)
Riera, Manuel (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Dr. Nestor Diaz, Assist. Principal

Topics Covered:

The Coral Gables Senior High School EESAC meeting was called to order by Chairperson Stephanie Hofmann at 2:50 pm. A quorum was established. Introductions were made by all present. The minutes from the November 19, 2007 meeting were reviewed. Ms. Watson motioned to accept the minutes as written. The motion was seconded. By unanimous decision, the minutes were accepted as written. The agenda was issued.

I. Principal Gans presented an update of the School Improvement Plan. The SIP midterm review is due to the Region in mid-January.
II. Ms. Gans presented an overview of Career Academies. Mr. Blackmon (UTD) gave positive comments on the academies and their leaders; he noted, “they work and work well.” Ms. Watson questioned course offerings and how students are placed in the academies. Ms. Gans clarified points on the process of placing students into academies.
III. Funding – CGSH will receive close to $1 million for implementing the 8
period day. The Faculty will vote on the 8 Period Day on February 12, 2008.
IV. Mrs. Gans reviewed the budget concerns. She pointed out a few important
budget facts:
A. less and less money is available
B. more creative job cut backs
C. Ms. Gans’ budget was cut by 10%
D. She has had to borrow from one funding structure pot to cover another
E. She has issued 170 supplements
The 8 Period Day was further discussed-the pros and cons. Additional
clarification was given on supplements.

V. CGSH Vision and Mission Statements will be revisited by an adhoc committee to see if we need to upgrade the statement to meet our current needs. The adhoc committee will consist of the following persons:
Ms. Jackson Principal Gans Dr. Nestor Diaz
Chairperson Hofmann Ms. Gonzalez Ms. Munnerlyn
We will look at calendar to set up a morning meeting.

Open Forum: None

1. Gables hosted the Special Olympics, IT WAS A SUCCESS!
2. Chef Vera and her staff of students participated in the ‘Taste of the Gables’ competition and received top honors.
3. JROTC- received the ‘Gold Star’ rating. Lt. Hennessey performed the mass inspection.
4. Shake-A-Leg- Exceptional Education Students are participating in boating and photography activities at the Yacht Club.
5. ‘Highlights’ newspaper- Jessica Cabrera was named Representative Student Journalist FSPA-District 6.

Adjournment-3:35 pm
Next meeting January 7, 2008