Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7571 International Studies Preparatory Academy

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    10/02/2014  05:00 PM

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Recording Secretary:    Maria Lugo

Location of meeting:    Media Center - 1570 Madruga Avenue, Coral Gables, FL

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  09/10/2014


Members Present:

Perez, Alejandro (Principal)
Bez, Lilliam (Teacher)
Iglesias, Caridad (Teacher)
Lugo, Maria (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Deanna (Teacher)
Feiler, Mylene (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Calvo, Tamara (Educational Support Employee)
Martin, Onelio (Alternate Educational Support)
Harrison, Naomi (Parent)
Luna, Diana (Parent)
Medina, Yuli (Parent)
Salazar, Martii (Parent)
Ferrante, Rosario (Alternate Parent)
Antunez, Biana (Student)
Vargas, Diego (Alternate Student)
Del Rio, Alina (Business/Community Representative)
Weiner, Jeff (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Excused):

Diana Luna
Caridad Iglesias
Alina Del Rio
Onelio Martin

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Maria Martinez

Topics Covered:

7571 International Studies Preparatory Academy
Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for: 10/2/2014 at 2:30 p.m.
Please contact the school for a formatted hard copy of these minutes.
Recording Secretary: Maria Lugo
Location of Meeting: ISPA-Media Center
Was a quorum established? Yes
Was the meeting advertised? Yes
Members Present:
Perez, Alejandro (Principal)
Diaz, Felicia (Assistant Principal)
Maria Martinez (UTD Steward & Teacher)
Feiler, Mylene (Teacher)
Lugo, Maria (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Deana (EESAC Chairperson, Teacher)
Weiner, Jeff (Business Community Representative)
Medina, Yuli (Parent)
Ferrante, Rosario (Parent)
Harrison, Naomi (Parent)
Antunez, Bianca (Student)
Vargas, Diego (Student)

Topics Covered:
International Studies Preparatory Academy at Gables (ISPA) EESAC Minutes
October 2, 2014
I. Agenda
*Approval of minutes from prior EESAC meeting on May 8, 2014
*School Improvement Plan 2014-2015 Review
*Opening of Schools Update
*EESAC By-Laws/Revisions
*New Parent/Teacher Members
*Recruitment Update
*EESAC Budget
*PTSA Update
*New Business
II. Call to Order
*Mr. Perez called the EESAC Committee meeting to order at 2:30 p.m., on October 2nd, 2014, at International Studies Preparatory Academy at Gables (ISPA).
III. Roll Call
*Mr. Perez, Ms. Diaz, Ms. Rodriguez, Ms. Martinez, Ms. Lugo, Ms. Feiler, Ms. Harrison, Ms. Ferrante, Ms. Medina, Mr. Weiner, Miss Antunez, and Mr. Vargas
IV. Approval of Minutes from May 8th, 2014
*Ms. Lugo made a motion to approve the minutes, and Ms. Feiler seconded the motion.
* Minutes from, March 13, 2014 were approved by all members.
V. School Improvement Plan 2014-2015 Review and Updates
*Copies are available from Mr. Perez upon request.
*The region will review the SIP during October. It is pending approval from the district as well.
*Ms. Diaz reviewed the four school improvement goals. The goals include to increase the number of STEM related experiences for students, to increase parental involvement in the school, to decrease the number of Early Warning Stystem indicators in the areas of attendance, behavior, and course performance, and to increase student achievement in the core subjects.
*Ms. Diaz mentioned that professional development activities will be offered at our school this year relating to Thinkgate and STEM.
VI. Opening of Schools Update
*Mr. Perez mentioned that the Opening of Schools went very smoothly.
*Currently, 322 students are enrolled at ISPA. Of these students 17% are White, 80% are Hispanic, 2% are African American, and 1% are Asian.
*Fifty-two percent of our student body is female, and 38% are male.
*Fifty-one percent of the student body is on free/reduced lunch.
*The ELL population is 28%, and our ESE population is 2%.
VI. EESAC By-laws/Revisions
*Currently, for the exception of new members, no changes have been made to the By-laws this school year.
VII. New Parent/Teacher Members.
*EESAC has new members this year. Ms. Feiler and Ms. Martinez are teacher representatives.
*Ms. Ferrante and Ms. Harrison are new parent representatives. We are still in need of one alternate parent.
*Miss Bianca Antunez is our student representative, and Diego Vargas is our alternate student representative.
VIII. Recruitment Update
*The recruitment process for the 2015-2016 school year has already begun.
*Mr. Perez, Ms. Diaz, Ms. Calderon, and Ms. Martinez are all visiting local schools to promote ISPA and its programs.

IX. PTSA Update
*The PTSA is organizing a car wash on October 4, 2014.
X. New Business
*During the month of November both Mr. Perez and Ms. Martinez will be attending the Florida College Tour with a group of students. They will be visiting a variety of Florida universities in three days. All students will receive an ISPA t-shirt to wear on the trip.
*Our activities director, Ms. Acevedo is planning this year’s Winter Formal.
*During Spring Break, a group of students will be visiting Spain.
*During the month of May, another group of students will attend Close-Up. Ms. Rodriguez expects that more students will attend this year due to the success of last year’s trip.
*Class trips this year will include Epcot, Busch Gardens, Animal Kingdom or Sea World, and Grad Bash.
*Other activities that are planned for this year include: Spirit Week, The Senior Bowling Trip, Prom, and The Senior Breakfast.
XI. Adjournment
*Ms. Feiler moved to adjourn the meeting, and Ms. Lugo seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.