Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7571 International Studies Preparatory Academy

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    01/21/2016  04:00 PM

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Recording Secretary:    Monste Ledo

Location of meeting:    ISPA - 1570 Madruga Ave. Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  12/10/2015


Members Present:

Perez, Alejandro (Principal)
Bez, Lilliam (Teacher)
Ledo, Monterrat (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Deanna (Teacher)
Calvo, Tamara (Educational Support Employee)
Ferrante, Rosario (Parent)
Harrison, Naomi (Parent)
Luder, Maria (Parent)
Luna, Diana (Parent)
Vargas, Diego (Student)
Cassanova, Kassandra (Alternate Student)

Members Absent (Excused):

Lugo, Maria (Teacher)
Feiler, Mylene (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Martin, Onelio (Alternate Educational Support)
Salazar, Martii (Alternate Parent)
Del Rio, Alina (Business/Community Representative)
Weiner, Jeff (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Daniel Carrillo, Student

Topics Covered:

7571 International Studies Preparatory Academy
Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for: 1/21/2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Please contact the school for a formatted hard copy of these minutes.
Recording Secretary: Monserrat Ledo
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)
Ledo, Monserrat (Lead Teacher)
Alamo, Ana (Test Chairperson)
Bez, Liliam (Teacher)
Lugo, Maria (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Deanna (Teacher)
Tamara Calvo, (Registrar)
Harrison, Naomi (Parent)
Luna, Diana (Parent)
Vargas, Diego (Student)
Cassanova, Kassandra (Student)
Carrillo, Daniel (Student)

Topics Covered:
International Studies Preparatory Academy at Gables (ISPA) EESAC Minutes
January 21, 2016
I. Agenda
*Approval of minutes from prior EESAC meeting on November 19, 2015
*School Improvement Plan 2015-2016
*Mid-Year Review/Discussion
*Recruitment Update
*Florida Recognition Distribution Plan/Discussion
*EESAC By-laws/Revisions
*PTSA Update
*New Business
II. Call to Order
*Mr. Perez called the EESAC Committee meeting to order at 2:30 p.m. on November 19, 2015 at International Studies Preparatory Academy at Gables (ISPA).
III. Roll Call
* Perez, Alejandro, Diaz, Felicia, Ms. Ledo, Ms. Alamo, Ms. Bez, Ms. Rodriguez, Ms. Luna, Ms. Harrison, Mr. Vargas, Ms. Cassanova, and Mr. Carrillo

IV. Approval of Minutes from November 19, 2015
*Ms. Luna made a motion to approve the minutes, and Ms. Ledo seconded the motion.
* Minutes from, November 19, 2015, were approved by all members.
V. School Improvement Plan 2015-2016
*Copies are available from Mr. Perez upon request.
*The SIP is in the process of being approved by the state.
VI. Mid-Year Review/Discussion
VII. Recruitment Update
*The enrollment period closed on January 15, 2016.
*The first Language Proficiency Testing will continue on January 23, January 30, and February 6.
*To date, 700 applicants have applied which is about 60 more applicants than we had last year at this time.
*Four hundred students have applied to the Spanish Program, however, there are only 75 seats available.
*We have projected that there will be between 100 and 110, 9th grade students next year.
*We are still recruiting some 10th and 11th grade students for next year.
VII. Florida Recognition Distribution Plan/Discussion
*ISPA is expected to be an “A” school again based on preliminary scores. The school’s final grade will be assigned in Mid-February. Among regular and magnet high schools, ISPA ranked among the top five schools in MDCPS.
*For the past several years, teachers have benefited from Florida’s A-school bonuses. This year will be no different. A proposal to divide the funds among the staff was made. It consisted of 80% to full instructional staff, 13% to full-time employees, and 7% to part time employees. More information will follow in the next EESAC meeting. EESAC approved distribution plan.
The plan will be presented to the entire faculty.

VIII. EESAC By-laws/Revisions
*Currently, there are no revisions or changes to the By-laws.
*EESAC has $1,754.00 for the 2015-2016 school year.
*Funds were allocated for awards and medals for the students.
IX. PTSA Update
* PTSA is actively recruiting new members. They also have a new monthly newsletter and a website. The website has a section where community members can donate to the PTSA.
*Tickets to the yearly Gala event are on sale, and there will be discounted tickets for teachers. The Gala date is February 5, 2016. All are encouraged to participate in this event.
X. Information was discussed regarding the Non-District Funded Secondary School Reform Model. ISPA has participated in this model for 4 years and provides the necessary curriculum alignment based on ISPA's unique academic offerings. EESAC voted to continue with this model for the 2016-2017 school year with all voting in favor.
XI. New Business
*College Tours were a success. Both students and chaperones were fulfilled with the experiences.
*The Senior Bowling Trip and the Senior Breakfast were also a success and a great time was had by all.
*The France trip scheduled for spring was cancelled.
*ISPA’s Annual Olympics will take place on February 11, March 15, March 22, and May 20th. The PTA will pay for the park fees. The underclassmen will have their fieldtrip at Dante Fascell Park, and the Seniors will have their fieldtrip at Alice Wainwright Park by the bay.
*The Prom Theme this year is The Great Gatsby.
*ISPA has twelve Silver Knight Nominees. They are currently working on their packets.
*Ms. Bez moved to adjourn the meeting, and Ms. Rodriguez seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.