Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7571 International Studies Preparatory Academy

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    03/14/2013  04:20 PM

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

Recording Secretary:    Marisol Marin-Restrepo

Location of meeting:    ISPA - 1570 Madruga Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33146 - Media Center

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  01/14/2013


Members Present:

Perez, Alejandro (Principal)
Bez, Lilliam (Teacher)
Iglesias, Caridad (Teacher)
Marin-Restrepo, Marisol (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Deanna (Teacher)

Calvo, Tamara Educational Support Employee)

Luque, Thais (Parent)

Zanaska, Steven (Student)
Maziak, Noura (Alternate Student)
Bermudez, Miguel (Business/Community Representative)
Jacobs, Melissa (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Excused):

Ruiz, Richard (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Martin, Onelio (Alternate Educational Support)
Bustamante, Rocio (Parent)
Mazloum, Sylvain (Parent)
Medina, Yuli (Parent)
Zanaska, Steven (Student)
Maziak, Noura (Alternate Student)
Bermudez, Miguel (Business/Community Representative)
Jacobs, Melissa (Business/Community Representative)
Michienzi, Enza (Alternate Parent)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Jose Courel
Jose Alvarez

Topics Covered:

International Studies Preparatory Academy at Gables (ISPA)
EESAC Minutes
March 14, 2013 Media Center
I. Agenda-March 14, 2013
Approval of minutes from prior EESAC meeting on January 24, 2013
School Improvement Plan 2012-2013 Review ad Updates
School Improvement Plan Waivers
Committee Updates
Open Forum/New Business
II. Call to Order
Ms. Rodriguez called the EESAC committee meeting to order at 2:30 p.m., on March 14, 2013, at International Studies Preparatory Academy at Gables (ISPA).
III. Roll Call
Mr. Perez, Mrs. Iglesias, Ms. Rodriguez, Ms. Bez, Mr. Courel, Mr. Alvarez, Mrs. Marin-Restrepo, Ms. Lugo, Ms. Franco, Mrs. Luque, and Ms. Calvo
IV. Approval of Minutes from January 24, 2013
First by Ms. Iglesias and Seconded by Mrs. Luque
Minutes from March 14, 2013 were approved by all members by a unanimous vote.
V. School Improvement Plan 2012-2013 Review and Updates
Copies are available upon request from Mr. Perez as requested.
School continues to monitor School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the goals and objectives selected at the beginning of the school.
ISPA is meeting all of the goals to date.
VI. School Improvement Plan Waivers
The school is trying to obtain a waiver for using an eight-period class day.
Eight periods allows for students to have more choices and electives during the school day.
Students at ISPA are required to take two language classes: Language and Humanities which takes up two of their core courses.
VII. Committee Updates
PTSA discussed the possibility of conducting another night activity for the parents and students. The last meeting was a huge success as the Chorus performed with some of the teachers and students.
The PTSA provided refreshments after the event.
The event was held in the roof top terrace.
VIII. Open Issues
1. Recruitment
Mr. Perez stated for 2013-2014, the goal is to have 125 new students
Spanish: 75
French: 25
Italian: 25
The goal for 10th grade is to have: 115 students
The goal for 12th grade is keep the same students we have plus 5 or 6 more from foreign countries.
The overall goal is to have a total of 300 to 310 students
2. It is important to motivate students to participate in the trip to Italy next year.
3. The school is also planning to take students to St. Augustine to celebrate the 500 years of Spanish colony.
4. Mr. Perez discussed the planning of a college tour to take place in September 2013 for the students to visit and learn about the public universities in Florida. (UF, FSU, UCF, FIU, FAU and Golf Coast, etc)
5. Ms. Bez made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and Mr. Alvarez seconded the motion.
Minutes submitted by: Mrs. Marin-Restrepo