Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7071 Coral Gables Senior High School

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    11/10/2008  02:50 PM

Please contact the school for a formatted hard copy of these minutes.

Recording Secretary:    Paula Munnerlyn

Location of meeting:    Coral Gables Senior High Media Center

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  10/14/2008


Members Present:

Gans, Jo Anne D (Principal)
Otero, Josephine (Alternate Principal)
Blackmon, Daniel (Union Steward)
Albalate, Eulalia (Teacher)
Hofmann, Stephanie (Teacher)
Hyatt, Iris (Teacher)
Munnerlyn, Paula (Teacher)
Zequeira, Otto (Teacher)
Furnari, Sherry (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Gonzalez, Richard (Educational Support Employee)
Dickson, Pamela (Parent)
Fors, Ana (Parent)
Jackson, Gail (Parent)
Ordonez, Ebet (Parent)
Watson, Sharon (Parent)
Sachse, Lynne (Alternate Parent)
Torres, Oliver (Student)
Waters, Chloe (Student)
Betancur, Judith (Adult/Vocational Student)

Members Absent (Excused):

Cazanas, Alexis (Adult/Vocational)
Lowman, Mike (Adult/Vocational Teacher)
Rodriguez, Carmen (Teacher)Principal)
Yanes, Silvia (Alternate Educational Support)
Mendoza, Carlos (Parent)
Flores, Maria (Alternate Parent)
San Roman, Irma (Alternate Parent)
Garcia, Miriam (Alternate Parent)
Riera, Manuel (Business/Community Representative)
Zoller, Christopher (Business/Community Representative)
Reitsma, Joan (Business/Community Representative)
Zeitel, Nina (Alternate Student)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Tracie McCullough

Topics Covered:

The Coral Gables Senior High School EESAC meeting was called to order at 2:50 pm by Stephanie Hofmann, chairperson. A quorum was established. The minutes of the September 29th meeting were reviewed and accepted. The agenda was issued. Ms. Hofmann handed out copies of the 2008-2009 EESAC budget items that were approved at the previous EESAC meeting.

I. Bylaws Committee recommendations-Ms. Hyatt, Bylaws Committee Chairperson, provided a copy of the bylaws with the proposed amendments highlighted to all in attendance. She reviewed the Committee’s proposed amendments in detail. By unanimous vote, the amendments to the bylaws were approved.

II. Attendance Boundary Notification- Ms. Otero, Assistant Principal, provided copies of the Attendance Boundary Committee Notification. Coral Gables was not an ‘advised’ or ‘targeted’ school. The boundaries were not changed. Ms. Otero stated that any concerns and recommendations regarding the targeted schools and the new boundaries must be submitted by 12 noon, January 9, 2009.

III. 2007-2008 School Accountability Report- Ms. Otero provided copies of the report. Of note: The overall graduation rate at Gables has decreased , however an increase was shown in the number of African American students who graduated.

IV. Math Presentation- Mrs. Furnari, Math Chairperson, showed the 8 step improvement model with the focus calendar, FCAT review sessions, and progress monitoring software used by all math teachers in the department. The Progress monitoring software was developed by four math teachers during the summer that came up with a Gables Math Interim Assessment test tool. Ms. Herrera is given credit for coming up with the Progress monitoring test scores-class averages. There were other discussions on why some students don’t perform as well: testing anxiety, etc. Ms. Hoffman mentioned that she felt the individualized data chats that were being conducted with students have assisted them in their understanding of their particular strong and weak areas.

V. Ms. Nicki Brisson, from the office of Schools Of Choice, presented a power point on Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ –Smaller Learning Communities Grant Program, for which Coral Gables Senior High, among other high schools, is a recipient of the grant. Gables is a part of the 2008 SLC Cohort 5 year period. She reviewed the program briefly, its intent, how monies could and could not be spent, and she gave everyone a copy of her power point in paper format.

Open Forum-No questions

The next EESAC meeting will be December 8, 2008 at 2:45 pm in the Media Center

Adjournment 3:35 pm