Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7071 Coral Gables Senior High School

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    09/02/2009  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,  08/20/2009


Members Present:

Costa, Adolfo (Principal)
Furnari, Sherry (Teacher)
Hofmann, Stephanie (Teacher)
Munnerlyn, Paula (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Carmen (Teacher)
Van Wyk, Diana (Teacher)
Albalate, Eulalia (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Lowman, Mike (Adult/Vocational Teacher)
Bryant, John (Educational Support Employee)
Hernandez, Lazaro (Teacher)
Georgatos, Claire (Parent)
Hurtado, Alfonso (Parent)
Ordonez, Ebet (Parent)
Watson, Sharon (Parent)
Letorestier, Frederique (Alternate Parent)
Watson, John (Alternate Parent)
Arevalo, Amanda (Student)
Ghanem, Ramses (Student)
Betancur, Judith (Adult/Vocational Student)
Reitsma, Joan (Business/Community Representative)
Zoller, Christopher (Business/Community Representative)
Castiello, Mariana (Parent)

Members Absent (Excused):

Wright, Carol (Adult/Vocational Principal)
Otero, Josephine (Alternate Principal)
Blackmon, Daniel (Union Steward)
Carillo, Rosalia (Parent)
Allen, Keile (Alternate Parent)
San Roman, Irma (Alternate Parent)
Diaz, Marice (Alternate Student)
Riera, Manuel (Business/Community Representative)
Yanes, Silvia (Alternate Educational Support)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Tracie McCullough
Check Robbin
Dr. Nestor Diaz

Topics Covered:

The Coral Gables Senior High School EESAC meeting was called to order at 2:50 pm by Stephanie Hofmann, chairperson. A sign in sheet was passed around for attendance. Introductions were made by all present. The agenda was issued. The floor was opened for nominations for the new ESSAC officers. First, for Chairperson, Ms. Hofmann was nominated there were no other nomination. Ms. Hofmann was elected chairperson; following her was Mrs. Watson for vice chairperson, and Ms. Munnerlyn for secretary. All three were voted in. The minutes of the May 11, 2009 ESSAC meeting were reviewed. The minutes were accepted as presented.

I. By-laws were issued and reviewed.

II. School Improvement Plan (SIP)- the rough draft was reviewed by Ms. Otero. Minor grammatical corrections were made. It was properly moved and seconded for the acceptance of the SIP Report. Ms. Hofmann paused to make sure everyone understood the vote. The SIP was approved by the EESAC. There was full consensus. Principal Costa informed the EESAC that under State guidelines, CGHS is now a Correct 2 School. He explained what it meant. There was some discussion and concerns from various members. Mr. Zequeira gave his concerns over standardized testing and data and student performance.

III. Uniform policy- Mr. Costa, Principal, said about 95% of our students are in uniform. Mr. Costa proposed to the EESAC that jeans be added to the CGHS Uniform policy; many parents and students had approached Mr. Costa regarding this issue. The EESAC approved jeans being included as part of the Uniform policy.

VI. Budget- The ESSAC has a budget of $16,000-$17, 000 for this 2009-10 school year.

IV. Formation of Subcommittees
A. By-Laws Committee-Ms. Hofmann will chair; assisting her will be Ms. Van Wyk, teacher, Ms. Otero, Assistant Principal, Ms. Ordonez, parent, and Mr. Ghanem, student.
B. Budget Committee- Ms. Rodriguez, will chair; assisting her will be Ms. Georgatos, parent; Ms. Otero, Assistant Principal, Ms. Watson, parent, and Ms. Arevalo, student
C. Discipline & Attendance-Ms. Albalate, will chair; assisting her will be Mr. Hurtado, parent, Ms. Watson, parent, Ms. McCullough, night school Assistant Principal; Ms. Arevalo, student, and Mr. Ghanem, student.

IV. Open Forum

October 12th will be the next meeting of the ESSAC.

Adjournment, 3:50 pm