Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7571 International Studies Preparatory Academy

Pending EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    11/16/2017  04:00 PM

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

Recording Secretary:    Montserrat Ledo

Location of meeting:    ISPA, 1570 Madruga Avenue, Coral Gables, Fl 33146

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  10/09/2017

Attendance:

Members Present:

Diaz-Blanco, Alina M (Principal)
Bez, Lilliam (Teacher)
Ledo, Monterrat (Teacher)
Martinez, Maria (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Deanna (Teacher)
Feiler, Mylene (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Calvo, Tamara (Educational Support Employee)
Martin, Onelio (Alternate Educational Support)
Fajardo, Jospeh (Parent)
Ledo, Onil (Alternate Parent)
Grassi, Giorgio (Student)
Morgan, William (Alternate Student)
Feiler, Mark (Business/Community Representative)


Members Absent (Excused):

Bautte, Luisa (Business/Community Representative)
Billaud, Pascale (Parent)
Ferrante, Rosario (Parent)
Harrison, Naomi (Parent)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Felicia Diaz, Assistant Principal
Yazmin Acevedo, Activities Director
Ana Alamo, Test Chairperson

Topics Covered:

I. Agenda
- Approval of minutes from previous EESAC meeting on October 19, 2017
- School Improvement Plan – 2017-2018
- Recruitment Update
- 2017-2018 EESAC Funds Update (Approved 9-20-17)
- Florida Recognition Distribution Plan/Discussion
- School Boundary Committee
- PTSA Update
- New Business

II. Call to Order
Ms. Deanna Rodriguez, EESAC Chairperson, called the EESAC Committee meeting to order at 2:30pm on November 16, 2017, at International Studies Preparatory Academy at Gables (ISPA).

III. Roll Call –

a. Present Members
Diaz-Blanco, Alina M (Principal)
Bez, Lilliam (Teacher)
Ledo, Monterrat (Teacher)
Martinez, Maria (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Deanna (Teacher)
Feiler, Mylene (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Calvo, Tamara (Educational Support Employee)
Martin, Onelio (Alternate Educational Support)
Fajardo, Jospeh (Parent)
Ledo, Onil (Alternate Parent)
Grassi, Giorgio (Student)
Morgan, William (Alternate Student)
Feiler, Mark (Business/Community Representative)

b. Absent Members
Bautte, Luisa (Business/Community Representative)
Billaud, Pascale (Parent)
Ferrante, Rosario (Parent)
Harrison, Naomi (Parent)

c. Others Present
Felicia Diaz, Assistant Principal
Yazmin Acevedo, Activities Director
Ana Alamo, Test Chairperson

IV. Approval of Minutes from October 19, 2017
- Under “New Business,” Italia will be changed to Italian and Puqual will be changed to Pukall.
- Ms. Feiler made a motion to approve the minutes, and Ms. Bez seconded the motion.
- Minutes from October 19, 2017 were approved unanimously.

V. School Improvement Plan 2017-2018
- Currently the SIP is at state for approval.

VI. Recruitment Update
- Giorgio Grassi, SGA President, represented ISPA at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Educational Breakfast.
- The breakfast is an opportunity for business and community leaders to network.
- November 27, 2017 ISPA is hosting 8th graders from Ada Merrit K-8 Center, Coral Way K-8 Center, and Metropolitan International School.
- Students will tour the school, see a presentation by the Spirit Squad and music program, and enjoy lunch on the 5th floor terrace.
- The majority of the student recruits come from these schools.
- There are two new international schools opening up in the next couple of years. Recruitment will be very important.
- Looking to redesign school brochures for next school year.
- Conversations have been had with the bilingual department to add another program to the school curriculum.
- Possibilities are Portuguese or Chinese.
- The community will be asked to give input on which program they believe should be added.
- Visit and classroom tours will continue throughout the year.
- Looking to build a relationship with Herbert A. Ammons Middle School’s French program.

VII. 2017-2018 EESAC Funds Update (Approved 9-20-17)
- Funds are being used on students for honor roll and student recruitment.

VIII. Florida Recognition Distribution Plan/Discussion
- Faculty voted unanimously except for one employee for Plan A.
- Plan A includes:
- 25 Instructional staff will receive $1,100
- 2 Half-Year Instructional staff will receive $550
- 6 Non-instructional staff will receive $600
- 2 Full-time Non-instructional staff will receive $300
- Part-time Instructional staff will receive $150
- Part-time Non-instructional staff will receive $50
- Ms. Bez moved to approve faculty approved plan, and Ms. Ledo second the motion.
- Motion was approved.

IX. School Boundary Committee
a. Dr. Blanco explained that as a magnet school the boundaries do not apply to ISPA, however the appropriate representatives will convene to sign necessary documents. Ms. Diaz will follow up with them.

X. PTSA Update
- MADD presentation was held in the media center on November 14, 2017.
- There was good parent turn-out.
- The presentation was very powerful.
- PTSA donated items for the faculty Thanksgiving Potluck.

XI. New Business
- The trip to Spain was removed from the school’s scheduled events.
- Out-of-country trips were not approved by the School board until yesterday, November 15, 2017.
- A concern board members expressed was safety on the trip.
- Because of the late approval students would not have enough time to generate funds for the trip.
- Next year’s out-of-country trip is pending, depending how long approval for the trip will take.
- Considering pairing up with another school for trip.

XII. Adjournment
- Ms. Bez moved to adjourn the meeting and Mr. Feiler seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned at 3:10pm.