School Advisory Council
7071 Coral Gables Senior High School
Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for: 04/17/2006 02:50 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, 03/21/2006
Martinez, Alex (Principal)
Pullum, Fred (Adult/Vocational Principal)
Otero, Josephine (Alternate Principal)
Blackmon, Daniel (Union Steward)
Brisson, Nicki (Teacher)
Hofmann, Stephanie (Teacher)
Munnerlyn, Paula (Teacher)
Schneider, Hans (Teacher)
Gonzalez, Richard (Educational Support Employee)
Cabrera, Olga (Parent)
Garcia, Jackie (Parent)
Orgaz, Dee (Parent)
Watson, Sharon (Parent)
Fernandez, Cynthia (Alternate Parent)
Otero, Maria (Alternate Parent)
Betancur, Judith (Adult/Vocational Student)
Reitsma, Joan (Business/Community Representative)
Zoller, Christopher (Business/Community Representative)
Members Absent (Excused):
Albalate, Eulalia (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Carmen (Teacher)
Neal, Timothy (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofes
Lowman, Mike (Adult/Vocational Teacher)sional)
Yanes, Silvia (Alternate Educational
Caicedo, Jorge (Parent) Support)
Garcia, Miriam (Parent)
Ordonez, Ebet (Alternate Parent)
Pantoja, Nancy (Alternate Parent)
Mazzoli, Christina (Student)
Sanchez, Dulce (Alternate Student)
Wong, Tere (Business/Community Representative)
Members Absent (Unexcused):
No one had an unexcused absence.
The Coral Gables Senior High School Educational Excellence School Advisory Committee meeting was called to order at 2:50pm, by Stephanie Hofmann, Chairman.
A quorum was established. Ms. Hofmann distributed copies of the EESAC budget, EESAC bylaws, and a flyer about the UTD Education Summit to all members present.
Ms. Watson made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 13, 2006 EESAC meeting as presented. The motion was approved. By consensus, EESAC approved the minutes of the March 13, 2006 EESAC meeting as presented.
Ms. Hofmann opened the discussion of school uniforms for students. It was stated that EESAC appoint a committee to develop a survey form and conduct a survey of the student body (minus 12th graders) to determine students’ preference for or against school uniforms. Dr. Martinez suggested using the M-DPS uniform survey. However, the EESAC can make a request to over ride the three-year rule. Ms. Reitsma stated that community business partners be asked to financially aid in the purchase of school uniforms for those students who cannot afford them. Ms. Reitsma made a motion that EESAC appoint a committee of EESAC members to create a survey form for students and parents to determine students’ wearing uniforms for the 2006-2007 school year. The motion was seconded. By consensus, EESAC approved the above stated motion. Ms. Munnerlyn and Ms. Orgaz were not in agreement with the above stated motion. Dr. Martinez stated that, as per M-DPS policy, schools can vote for or against school uniforms every three years. However, the EESAC can make a request to over ride the three-year rule. A vote was taken last year and the uniform issue failed. Ms. Reitsma withdrew her motion. Ms. Garcia made a motion that EESAC direct the school to conduct a vote, using the M-DPS uniform voting form, on a mandatory school uniform policy, to be implemented for the 2006-2007 school year. The motion was seconded. By consensus, EESAC approved the motion made by Ms. Garcia. Dr. Martinez will include a cover letter with the voting form (ballot). By direction of the EESAC, the vote will be conducted as soon as possible.
Ms. Hofmann presented the following amendments to the EESAC bylaws:
1—Purpose: strike “School Performance Excellence Plan (SPEP)” and insert “School
Improvement Plan (SIP)”.
2—B. Election Process, subsection 1: strike “beginning of the school calendar year”
and insert “end of the preceding school year”.
Ms. Brisson made a motion to amend the EESAC bylaws as stated by Ms. Hofmann. The Motion was seconded. By consensus, EESAC approved the following amendments to the EESAC bylaws:
1—Purpose: …The focus of the goal is in the preparation and evaluation of the
School Improvement Plan (SIP) as it directly impacts the delivery…
2—B. Election Process, subsection 1: Teachers and alternates shall be elected by
teachers at a general faculty meeting at the end of the preceding school year …
Ms. Hofmann stated that Ms. Suarez, Activities Director, was able to fund raise the $4,000.00 needed for the awards ceremony, which was held at the Biltmore Hotel. Mr. Zoller made a motion to reimburse $7,525.00 of EESAC funds to Dr. Martinez to be placed into the appropriate school fund and to place the remaining $2186.36 in the school general miscellaneous funds account. The motion was seconded. By consensus, EESAC approved the above stated expenditures of EESAC funds.
Ms. Hofmann announced the upcoming Education Summit sponsored by the United Teachers of Dade. Dr. Martinez announced his promotion to Region VI Assistant Director, effective May 30th. Ms. Reitsma thanked Dr. Martinez, on behalf of the Coral Gables business community, for his dedication to Gables. Mr. Zoller asked Dr. Martinez if EESAC, the community, parents, and others can state a preference for the next principal. Dr. Martinez stated that this has already been expressed to the District. Mr. Schneider also thanked Dr. Martinez and stated that he is also leaving at the end of this school year to teach in China.
Ms. Reitsma stated that the Coral Gables Community Foundation will present a student recognition luncheon and program for selected students from Gables, Ponce De Leon Middle, Gulliver, and Miami Christian schools. It will be held on Tuesday, April 25th, at 11:45am, at the Coral Gables Junior Women’s Club. The cost is $25.00 for guests and reservations must be made by April 20th.
Ms. Orgaz asked if a Coral Gables police officer is assigned to Gables. Dr. Martinez stated that a Coral Gables police officer is assigned to Gables.
The next EESAC meeting will be held on Monday, May 8th, at 2:45pm, in the Media Center. Mr. Gonzalez made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded. Ms. Hofmann adjourned the EESAC meeting at 4:00pm.