Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7071 Coral Gables Senior High School

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    09/15/2008  02:55 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,  09/08/2008


Members Present:

Gans, Jo Anne D (Principal)
Cazanas, Alexis (Adult/Vocational Principal)
Otero, Josephine (Alternate Principal)
Albalate, Eulalia (Teacher)
Hofmann, Stephanie (Teacher)
Hyatt, Iris (Teacher)
Munnerlyn, Paula (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Carmen (Teacher)
Zequeira, Otto (Teacher)
Furnari, Sherry (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Lowman, Mike (Adult/Vocational Teacher)
Gonzalez, Richard (Educational Support Employee)
Dickson, Pamela (Parent)
Jackson, Gail (Parent)
Mendoza, Carlos (Parent)
Ordonez, Ebet (Parent)
Watson, Sharon (Parent)
Sachse, Lynne (Alternate Parent)
Torres, Oliver (Student)
Zeitel, Nina (Alternate Student)
Betancur, Judith (Adult/Vocational Student)
Zoller, Christopher (Business/Community Representative)
Blackmon, Daniel (Union Steward)
Fors, Ana (Parent)
Reitsma, Joan (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Excused):

Yanes, Silvia (Alternate Educational Support)
Flores, Maria (Alternate Parent)
Garcia, Miriam (Alternate Parent)
San Roman, Irma (Alternate Parent)
Waters, Chloe (Student)
Riera, Manuel (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Kathy Pham
David Kirsner
Humberto Miret

Topics Covered:

The Coral Gables Senior High School EESAC meeting was called to order at 2:55 pm by Stephanie Hofmann, chairperson. Introductions were made. Nominations and elections of the following officers were held: President of EESAC; Vice Chairman of EESAC and secretary; the following were elected: Ms. Stephanie Hofman, President of EESAC; Ms. Iris Hyatt, Vice Chairman of EESAC, and Ms. Paula Munnerlyn, secretary. The minutes of the May 12, 2008 meeting were reviewed and accepted. There were no corrections.

The Following Items were covered:
I. School wide Budget was covered by Ms. Gans. She stated student enrollment is down by 150 students. Ms.Gans knew from the last year’s numbers from the middle schools, that there were possibilities of the enrollment going down. Ms. Gans explained that there is one set price to purchase a teacher regardless of years of service-$55,000. She stated Gables is three to four teachers down. All of her extra money is going towards supplements, school supplies, and custodians. She stated that Gables did receive the Small Learning Communities Grant (5 years) $200,000. Gables has applied for an additional 5 year ($100,000) grant. We should know in a couple of weeks if we will get this one, as well. The ESSAC Budget was cut from $30,000 to $15, 000. Property taxes, State changing EESAC formula, AP monies have all affected us.

II. Ms. Jackson mentioned that a teacher asked students for money to support classroom activities- It was stated that no teacher from CGHS should be asking for any money. Ms. Gans and Ms. Otero were both adamant on this. Ms. Gans reviewed the policy on what could and could not be asked of parents via students.

III. One of the student representatives mentioned the lack of IB books for class. Others, like Ms. Watson mentioned the expensive prices of some books, like TOK, and questioned how students are to afford them. Much discussion ensued.

IV. School Improvement Plan (SIP) was reviewed by Ms. Otero. The majority of all areas of the SIP show ongoing improvement. This report must be turned in by October 6th; therefore she needs final corrections and suggestions by September 26th. We all agreed to meet on September 29, 2008 for a special EESAC meeting to vote on the SIP Report.

V. Budget Committee was formed: Ms. Rodriguez, President, Ms. Hyatt, Ms. Jackson, Mr. Zequieria, Ms. Otero, and Mr. Torres. The EESAC will form the other committees at the next meeting.

IV. Open Forum- no time

Adjournment, 4:25 pm