Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7571 International Studies Preparatory Academy

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    11/20/2014  04:25 PM

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Recording Secretary:    Maria Lugo

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

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  09/27/2014


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)

Luna, Diana (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):

Martin, Onelio (Alternate Educational Support)
Harrison, Naomi (Parent)
Medina, Yuli (Parent)
Del Rio, Alina (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Ann Pope, Teacher
Maria Martinez, Teacher

Topics Covered:

7571 International Studies Preparatory Academy
Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for: 11/20/2014 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)
Bez, Liliam (Teacher)
Pope, Ann (Teacher)
Tamara Calvo, (Support Personnel)
Rodriguez, Deana (EESAC Chairperson, Teacher)
Weiner, Jeff (Business Community Representative)
Luna, Diana (Parent)
Ferrante, Rosario (Parent)
Antunez, Bianca (Student)
Vargas, Diego (Student)

Topics Covered:
International Studies Preparatory Academy at Gables (ISPA) EESAC Minutes
November 20, 2014
I. Agenda
*Approval of minutes from prior EESAC meeting on October 2, 2014
*School Improvement Plan 2014-2015 Review
*Opening of Schools Update
*Recruitment Update
*EESAC Funds/Distribution
*PTSA Update
*New Business
II. Call to Order
*Mr. Perez called the EESAC Committee meeting to order at 2:30 p.m., on November 20, 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. Bez, Ms. Pope, Ms. Luna, Ms. Ferrante, Ms. Medina, Mr. Weiner, Miss Antunez, and Mr. Vargas
IV. Approval of Minutes from October 2, 2014
*Mr. Weiner made a motion to approve the minutes, and Ms. Feiler seconded the motion.
* Minutes from, October 2, 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 has approved ISPAís SIP plan.
*During the month of January there will be a Mid-Year Review of the SIP.
VI. 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.
*Three schools will be conducting school visits to the site.
*Currently we have 325 students enrolled. Next year, the goal for enrollment is between 375-85 students..
*Approximately 700 applications are expected this year.
VII. EESAC Funds/Distribution
*EESACís budget is $1,600 this year. The school receives $5.00 per student for the budget.
*Mr. Perez asked for suggestions on how to spend the EESAC funds from the committee.
*The committee voted unanimously to spend the entire budget of $1,600 for student incentives to be used at events such as, Honor Roll, Attendance Awards, The Honor Societies, The Ring Ceremony, and any other school related event.

*The PTSA is organizing a Gala in order to fundraise for the school. The Gala is to take place on February 20, 2015. All proceeds will benefit the PTSA.
*There will also be a Silent Auction at the Gala, and it will be held at the Italian Consulís home, Mr. Baratollo.
*A renowned artist will be present and will be donating a painting to the silent auction.
IX. New Business
*During the month of November both Mr. Perez and Ms. Martinez attended the Florida College Tour with a group of students. They visited a variety of Florida universities in three days. The students and teachers felt the trip was very fruitful.
*Our activities director, Ms. Acevedo is planning this yearís Winter Formal which is to take place on December 13, 2014.
*Our Music and Art Teachers are preparing a Holiday Show for all to enjoy.
*Our Humanities Department is putting together, ISPA FEST, Multicultural Day on December 12, 2014.
*Ms. Martinez, CAP Counselor, will be hosting a College Financial Aid Work Shop for parents on January 26, 2015.
*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 yearís 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 Prom, and The Senior Breakfast. The Prom will be held at The JW Marriot in downtown Miami.
X. Adjournment
*Ms. Rodriguez moved to adjourn the meeting, and Ms. Lugo seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.