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Merritt Island High School School Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting Minutes November 12, 2008 4:00 pm N-129 In Attendance Alternates Present Absent Debbie Adams Felicia Furino Linda McMillin Alan Beal Paula Kostiuk Gary Shiffrin Kathy Tremblay Nancy Lopez Sue Lawrence Karen Tournade Sara Joyce-Webb Jake Wagner (student) Kim Weisner Victoria Chitko Edith Brown Erin Huppert Becky Waldron Ruth Moss Joanna Reeg Jay Moynahan Jane Jollay Adrian Laffitte Jocelyn Downs Blythe Grossmann Anna Kinast The meeting was called to order by Debbie Adams at 4:05 p.m. 1. Minutes for the October 8 meeting were not available; they will be up for approval at the December meeting. 2. Treasurer’s Report: Jay stated that not much has changed; we are still waiting for A+ money, which Mr. Shiffrin says should be in by the end of the month. Motion for approval made by Kim Weisner, seconded by Sue Lawrence. Vote to approve: unanimous. 3. Student Reports Seniors: (Anna Kinast) Students are starting to work on prom. The panoramic picture will be held on Friday, and the second order of flip-flops should arrive shortly. Juniors: (Paula Kostiuk) Juniors took first place in the Homecoming parade. They have scheduled a community service work day with Habitat for Humanity on 02/07/09. They are currently organizing a candy sale and magazine drive fundraiser. Sophomores: (Joanna Reeg) Students are working on island clean-up projects. They are also finalizing t-shirt designs and organizing a candy sale for March, 2009. Freshmen: (Victoria Chitko) Freshmen won second place in the Homecoming parade. They are currently working on fundraising and on finding a community service project to start. 4. Principal’s Report 5. Veteran’s Day: Mr. Shiffrin was very pleased with student behavior, as were Dr. DiPatri and other guests of distinction. Facilities: The front office/admin./guidance suite should be finished the first week of December. D and E wings should be completed by Nov. 21; however, moves may be later as furniture may not be here in time. The administration is in the process of assigning rooms. B and C wing renovations will stat in January. ACT Testing: All juniors will take the ACT free of charge in April, 2008. Results will be used to determine senior courseloads. This will offer students an opportunity to see if they’re prepared for college, and to take courses that will improve their readiness (hopefully in lieu of remediation courses at the college-level). Calendar: Dec. 22 and 23 are still on the calendar as exam days. A request to forgive those days directed to the Commissioner of Education is pending; he will decide once hurricane season is officially over (Nov. 30). Good news: Jenora Duprey, our drama teacher, has been named Teacher of the Year. Mr. Shiffrin is very glad to be here—he thanked Sue Lawrence for working so hard on his campaign, and everyone who supported him. 6. Old Business Homecoming: All went well. the bonfire was cut short due to the wind. Our football team is district champions (4-0). We play at home next Friday (11/21) vs. Tarpon Springs. A+ money: We are not exactly sure when this will come in. Mr. Shiffrin thinks it will be next Friday (11/21). SAC/ A+ funding requests: We do not yet have information on the security camera estimates. That may be paid for with leftover construction funds. Other ideas were discussed: a new perimeter fence, a towel service for gym, new gym lockers—health concerns are an issue. 7. New Business Upcoming testing: Exams scheduled for December 22 and 23. FCAT test dates are March 10- 23 (also included in Hoofnotes). Parent Leadership Council: Kathy Tremblay attended the meeting; she urges other parents to attend as well. Dr. DiPatri discussed budget cuts (past and anticipated), and Edline involvement. The meetings are held at the School Board building in Viera on the first Friday of the month. Next meeting: Friday, Dec. 5, 9:30- 11:30 a.m. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 10 at 4:00. The meeting adjourned at 4:54. A motion was made by Adrian Laffitte and was seconded by Sue Lawrence. Vote to adjourn: unanimous.
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