Education Advisory Committee (EAC)

EAC Membership

Member's Name: Position Appointed by:
Diane Quick  Chair Council - Steve Cody
Pamela Shlachtman  Member Vice Mayor Leanne Tellam
Harry Nerenberg Member Mayor Karyn Cunningham
Jorge Pulido Member Council - Patrick Fiore
Mark Merwitzer Member Council - Marsha Matson
Greg Zawyer Emeritus Member Council at Large

Board Liaisons:

Emeritus Member:

  • Greg Zawyer
Former Education Advisory Board Member, Greg Zawyer, was appointed as an Emeritus Member by the Village Council on May 3, 2021. Mayor Cunningham sponsored the resolution in recognition of Mr. Zawyer's long-time service not just as a member of the Education Advisory Board, but also as a former High School Principal and founding Principal of Coral Reef Senior High School, Robert Morgan High School and MAST at Homestead High School.  


The Education Advisory Committee formerly known as the Educational Compact Advisory Board entered into an Education Compact with Miami Dade County Public Schools via Resolution 2013-63 on September 9, 2013 to bring together each organization’s collective resources for the benefit of the students and residents within the Village. 

Members of the Education Advisory Committee are appointed by Palmetto Bay Village Council. This advisory committee serves the Village by reviewing and supporting the terms of the Education Compact that was entered into between the Village and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and is bound by the State of Florida Sunshine Laws. This committee meets, at a minimum, each calendar quarter.


The committee shall consist of five (5) citizens of the Village. Each member of the Village Council shall appoint one person to the committee. The Mayor shall be the ex-officio, non-voting member/Council Liaison to the Committee.

All members who are absent from three (3) regularly scheduled meetings of the committee shall be automatically removed from the Committee. Committee members who are removed through this process may be reappointed by the Village Council member that appointed the committee member.

A majority of the committee members shall constitute a quorum. No business shall be conducted unless a quorum is present, other than by a workshop process, which may be invoked when a quorum fails to take place. Any action at the workshop shall be preliminary and non-binding and shall be subject to subsequent ratification by a quorum of the committee at a duly held meeting.

Committee Qualifications:

The prospective committee appointee must be a resident of the Village, be knowledgeable about the Miami Dade County public school system; may have children in public school – elementary, middle or senior high; may be involved in the applicable parent-teacher association; or other good cause.

Committee Meetings/Reports:

Unless otherwise provided by the Village Council, the Committee shall meet, at a minimum, each calendar quarter and shall provide subsequent written reports to the Council.

The committee meeting shall provide for public comment at the beginning of each scheduled meeting. Public comments shall be maintained at no more than three (3) minutes per person, unless the Committee authorizes a different amount of time. The Committee shall not engage in political advocacy or expression.


The Education Advisory Committee will generally meet the last Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm, unless changed by the committee during a duly noticed meeting.  

All advisory boards, committees and task force groups meet in person at Village Hall, 9705 East Hibiscus Street, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157.  All meetings will be audio-recorded, and written minutes will be maintained by the Office of the Village Clerk.

Members of the general public may provide public comments by using the online Public Comment Form, which will be read into the record, or may appear in person to provide public comments.

For additional information and/or inquiries, please contact Missy Arocha, Village Clerk at (305) 259-1234, or via email to:

For more information about upcoming meetings, please visit our online calendar.

Compliance with Village Ordinances, Resolutions, and Sunshine Laws:

All Committee meetings shall comply with the Village Ordinances and Resolutions concerning meeting notices and comply with the Florida Sunshine Law, Section 286.011, Florida Statutes. Written minutes shall be promptly prepared and kept of all committee meetings and shall be submitted to the Village Clerk who shall be responsible for the preservation of such minutes. No meetings may be held without proper notice.

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