Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7071 Coral Gables Senior High School

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    12/08/2003  02:55 PM

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Recording Secretary:    Dee Orgaz

Location of meeting:    Coral Gables Senior High Media Center

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  11/24/2003


Members Present:

Martinez, Alex (Principal)
Wood, Timothy (Teacher)
Olszack, Sue (Parent)
Alvarez, Evonne (Alternate Principal)
Blackmon, Daniel (Union Steward)
Albalate, Eulalia (Teacher)

Hofmann, Stephanie (Teacher)

Lowman, Mike (Adult/Vocational Teacher)

Orgaz, Dee (Parent)
Slingbaum, Cookie (Parent)
Cater, Eve (Alternate Parent)
Taylor, Lee (Alternate Parent)

Rodriguez, Stephanie (Student)

Estrada, Maria (Adult/Vocational Student)

Reitsma, Joan (Business/Community Representative)

Fernandez, Cynthia (Parent)

Members Absent (Excused):

Pullum, Fred (Adult/Vocational Principal)
Brisson, Nicki (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Carmen (Teacher)
Neal, Timothy (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Gonzalez, Richard (Educational Support Employee)
Yanes, Silvia (Alternate Educational Support)
Diaz, Angeles (Parent)

Andrews, David (Alternate Paren
Fernandez, Amy (Student)t)
Munoz, Alfred (Alternate Student)
Zoller, Christopher (Business/Community Representative)
Llanzo, Enrique (Business/Community Representative)

Diaz, Bertha (Parent)

Schneider, Hans (Teacher)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Manny Riera

Gabriel Canales
Shawn Carney

Topics Covered:

The Coral Gables Senior High School EESAC meeting was called to order at 2:55pm, by Stephanie Hofmann, EESAC chairman. A quorum was established. Introductions were made. The minutes of the November 10, 2003 EESAC meeting were presented. Ms. Slingbaum made a motion to approve the minutes with corrections. The motion was seconded. By consensus, these minutes were approved with corrections.

Ms. Hofmann distributed copies of the updated EESAC roster, copies of the EESAC bylaws, and copies of a letter from the Miami Springs Senior High School EESAC, addressed to Dr. Michael Krop, Chairman, Miami-Dade County School Board.

Ms. Hofmann presented the following EESAC bylaws amendments, as recommended by the EESAC bylaws committee:
Section A. Council Members, 1. Composition: insert “adult school teacher”
between “steward” and “and.”
Section B. Election Process, 8. insert “vice chairperson and a” between “a” and
“a secretary.”
Section C. Meetings, 1. Regular meetings: delete “first” and insert “second” between
“the” and “Monday.”
Section G. Minutes, insert “s” after the third “minute” to read “minutes” and delete
“library” before “Media.”
Section L. Parliamentary Authority, underline “Robert’s Rules of Order.”
Mr. Lowman made a motion to approve the EESAC bylaws amendments as presented. The motion was seconded. By consensus, the EESAC bylaws amendments were approved as presented.

Ms. Hofmann discussed the letter from the Miami Springs Senior High School EESAC to Dr. Michael Krop, Chairman of the Miami-Dade County School Board. This letter addresses the request to re-institute Saturday scheduling for all FCAT tests, both regular and re-takes. The administrators and faculty present support the Saturday testing for all FCAT tests. Ms. Orgaz made a motion to support the letter from MSSHS EESAC. The motion was seconded. Mr. Taylor made a motion to amend the previous motion by adding that copies of the letter be sent to our legislators. The motion was seconded. By consensus, EESAC directed Ms. Hofmann, chairman, to draft a letter similar to the MSSHS EESAC letter, send it to all M-DCSB members, and to our legislators.

Ms. Alvarez discussed the B.U.G.S. seminar which will be held on Saturday, December 13th, from 9am to 12Noon. She distributed copies of the flyer that was mailed to the parents/guardians of students who received a “D” or an “F” on their report cards. Ms. Cater, on behalf of the PTSA, requested up to $100.00 of EESAC funds to purchase paper goods to be used at this seminar. EESAC, by consensus, approved this expenditure. Ms. Cater will present receipts of expenditures for re-imbursement to the PTSA.

Ms. Alvarez distributed copies of The Learning Express Online FCAT Grade 10 Preparation Program. This program will prepare students for the reading, writing, and mathematics FCAT tests. The user fee of $40.00 per user is for a period of one year. This program, if approved by the EESAC, will be used to prepare 9th and 10th grade Level I and II students. Ms. Alvarez stated that 180 students have been identified as needing immediate tutoring. Dr. Diaz will relinquish the $3,800.00 of EESAC funds in order to use this money for the purchase of this program. The total purchase price is: $7,200.00 ($40.00 x 180 students). Ms. Reitsma made a motion to allocate $7,200.00 of EESAC funds to purchase The Learning Express Online FCAT Grade 10 Preparation Program. The motion was seconded. Ms. Hofmann will publicly notice a Special EESAC meeting to vote on this expenditure. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 16th, at 2:45pm, in the Media Center.

Mr. Martinez announced that Ms. Vera, our culinary arts teacher, and her students were awarded first place in culinary arts and presentation at the Taste of the Gables event. He stated that school was locked down on Thursday, December 4th, at 7:30am in order to enforce the tardy policy. Our student enrollment is currently 3600 and there is an excessive number of tardy students daily.

Ms. Reitsma announced that the City of Coral Gables Economic Development and the Community Relations School Committees are having a meeting this evening at 6:00, at the Youth Center, to discuss the issue of community based charter schools.

Ms. Orgaz announced that the Coral Gables High School Feeder Pattern Advisory Committee is meeting this evening at 6:30, at Ponce de Leon Middle School, in the auditorium. The Access Center IV Assistant Superintendent and the Directors will give an over view of the Access Center concept.

Ms. Hofmann announced that the next regular EESAC meeting will be held on Monday, January 12, 2004, at 2:45pm, in the Media Center. Ms. Hofmann adjourned the meeting at 4:05pm.