Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7071 Coral Gables Senior High School

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    03/13/2006  02:50 PM

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Recording Secretary:    Carmen Rodriguez

Location of meeting:    Coral Gables Senior High Media Center

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  03/02/2006


Members Present:

Martinez, Alex (Principal)
Otero, Josephine (Alternate Principal)
Blackmon, Daniel (Union Steward)
Hofmann, Stephanie (Teacher)
Munnerlyn, Paula (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Carmen (Teacher)
Schneider, Hans (Teacher)
Lowman, Mike (Adult/Vocational Teacher)
Gonzalez, Richard (Educational Support Employee)
Cabrera, Olga (Parent)
Garcia, Miriam (Parent)
Watson, Sharon (Parent)
Otero, Maria (Alternate Parent)
Fernandez, Samantha (Student)
Mazzoli, Christina (Student)
Reitsma, Joan (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Excused):

Pullum, Fred (Adult/Vocational Principal)
Albalate, Eulalia (Teacher)
Brisson, Nicki (Teacher)
Neal, Timothy (Alternate Garcia, Jackie (Parent)
Ynes, Silvia (Alternate Educational Support)
Caicedo, Jorge (Parent)
Orgaz, Dee (Parent)
Fernandez, Cynthia (Alternate Parent)
Ordonez, Ebet (Alternate Parent)
Pantoja, Nancy (Alternate Parent)
Wong, Tere (Business/Community Representative)
Sanchez, Dulce (Alternate Student)
Zoller, Christopher (Business/Community Representative)
Betancur, Judith (Adult/Vocational Student)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Willene Adker
Otto Zequeira
Edward Oswald

Topics Covered:

The meeting was called to order at 2:50 p.m. by Stephanie Hofmann, Chairperson, when quorum was established. Introductions were made, Ms. Hofmann asked the council to review the minutes of the February meeting. Hans Schneider made a motion to accept the minutes as written. Ms. Munnerlyn seconded the motion, and the minutes were approved as written.

Ms. Hofmann distributed a press release about Coral Gables Senior High being selected as a Magnet School of Distinction.

Ms. Hofmann explained Dr. Crew’s request that the EESAC provide input and feedback regarding the Strategic Planning Focus Group Survey. Ms. Hofmann delineated the steps needed to complete the input process. Members were provided a copy of the handout. Members reviewed in particular pages 6 – 7 and 9 – 17. The questions on page 3 were discussed and the following input was provided:

1. What has the District done well over the last year?

• Implemented a District wide reading program.
• Formed parent academies.
• Improved parent communication from the superintendent.

2. What three major areas need improvement?

• Provide additional funding to implement programs.
• Increase and improve customer service at the District level.
• Improve leadership and competency at the District level.

3. How can the District better meet the goals of improving education for all students?

• Support the legislative mandate on class size reduction.
• Expand the variety and availability of elective courses.
• Implement an 8th period day at the secondary level District wide.
• Prepare and disseminate information in a timely manner so as to enable all stakeholders to plan adequately.

Ms. Otero presented the final SACS document and commended Ms. Hyatt for her efforts.

Open Forum:

Ms. Hofmann introduced Mr. Zequeira, Highlights advisor. Mr. Zequeira complemented the faculty and student body of Coral Gables Senior High School for their open-mindedness and acceptance of diversity, in particular in regards to gay issues.

Ms. Hofmann announced that the next EESAC meeting would be April 17, 2006.