Lee County Head Start/ Early Head Start Policy Council Meeting Minutes March 17, 2010 Lynn McBride opened the meeting at 10:10. Lynn greeted members and staff. Cecilia reviewed last month’s minutes with members. Lorrie Bennett motioned & Susana Ramirez seconded. Minutes Approved Marquita reviewed the Budget Report. Robert Collington motioned to approve and Barbara Celin seconded. Budget Approved Debbie Swaiko introduced 8 new highly qualified staff members for approval: Gabi Penton, Justine Velasquez, Christine Rogers, Melissa Ceci, Doreen Lytle, Ayanna Jiles, Debbie Curtis, Amanda Willis. Roberto Santamaria motioned and Heriberta Gordova seconded. Personnel Approved Debbie Swaiko presented the Self Assessment final report and reviewed the recommendations. Members applauded the six parents who assisted in the meetings. After discussion, Stacy Howard motioned, and Bea Collington seconded. Self-Assessment Report for 2009 - 2010 Approved Liz Owens, from U.F. extension services, provided valuable information about nutrition and healthy eating. Jeanne LaFountain shared that the Expansion Grant is almost complete, and is going very smoothly. Donna Hernandez added that the Early Head Start expansion is also proceeding very well, with programs beginning for the home based families. The staff is thrilled with their new responsibilities: babies! Jeanne advised the Self- Assessment Report will be going to the School Board for their approval, along with Enrollment Criteria and Apple Annie’s continuing contract with us. The infant playground is being built and soft tile will be used for the base. Cecilia Orellana presented an update on the Parent University’s on-going and up-coming programs/classes. English and Computer classes are full and very active. Registration is now open for the parenting series. Roderick reviewed the plans for our next yard sale fundraiser. It will be held on March 27 th, at the J. Colin English Elementary School parking lot. Volunteers were recruited for set up at 5:30 am, and break down about 2:00. Volunteers are: Heriberta, Irma, Robert, Cecilia, Roberto, Vera, Rob, Fabiola and Dee. Everyone is needed to assist in collecting items. Debbie has asked all staff for their donations. Lynn McBride brought the exciting news that the Southwest Florida Fair Head Start booth was a wonderful success. Thanks to the help of Cecilia, Rachael, Heriberta, Leslie, Rob, and Marquita, we won 3rd Place! Marquita Clemons brought the idea of going to the Imaginarium for our Male Involvement/Family Event. After thorough discussion a motion was made by Dee Montro, and seconded by Leslie Flores. Male Involvement/Family Event will be planned for a Saturday in May, spending no more that $275 from the Policy Council Account, inviting active PC parents Approved Debbie requested members to consider ideas for the improvement of Parent Involvement and/or the program using the money in the PC fundraiser account. Further discussion will continue at next month’s meeting. Meeting Adjourned at 12:018 by Lynn McBride. urned at 12:018 by Lynn McBride.
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