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Board Meeting Brief – May 22, 2018

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of some items on the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board Meeting.

he NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. Click the following link to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.

Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:


10.a. Recognize Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s 2018 Super Star Award Recipients - The Super Star program was established to recognize employees who have demonstrated high levels of service excellence, going above and beyond expectations to make a positive and recognizable difference at the district.


13.b. NMUSD Inclusive Practices - The Special Education Department has been developing Inclusive Practice models at a number of elementary schools. The focus has been to increase the participation of special education students in the general education programs. At present every elementary mild/moderate special education student is on a general education teacher's roster.

Consent Calendar

17.a.3. - 17.a.5. – Various items related to grants for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses and expansion of the district’s CNG station.

Discussion Action Calendar

18.a. Approve Additions to the High & Middle School Course of Study.

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM)
Robotics and Programming 8
App Creators
Computing Science for Innovators and Makers
Green Architecture
AP Research
Introduction to Computer Science in Python
Expository Reading and Writing
Introduction to Design Engineering and Architecture
Construction Technology IV
Design and Modeling Re-Write
Flight and Space Re-Write
Medical Detectives Re-Write
Automation and Robotics Re-Write
Construction Technology I Re-Write
Construction Technology II Re-Write
Construction Technology III Re-Write
Computer Integrated Manufacturing Re-Writes
Aerospace Engineering Re-Write
Introduction to Engineering Design Re-Write
Principles of Engineering Re-Write
Engineering Design and Development Re-Write
Exploring Computer Science Re-Write
Foods 1AB Re-Write
Business Management IB HL 1AB Re-Write
Business Management IB HL 2AB Re-Write

Board Meeting Overview

Board meetings are where elected officials conduct the business of the school district. Agendas for regular meetings of the NMUSD typically consist of a closed session and an open session.

  • Closed session agenda items are confidential and cannot be shared with the public. If the board agenda contains a closed session, the topics will be routinely related to confidential employee or student issues and/or pending litigation. The Board may also discuss various negotiations with its chief negotiator in a closed session.
  • Open session items are non-confidential agenda items in which the board conducts its business in view of the public. Open session agenda items are divided into the following sections: 
  • Public comment is provided so that members of the community can speak to the Board. If a speaker addresses an issue that is not on the agenda, the Board is restricted from responding to the speaker. If a speaker addresses an issue that is on the agenda, the Board may respond when the agenda item is scheduled to be addressed in the agenda. The purpose of the open meeting law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act, guarantees that public organizations will only make decisions or address issues that have been publicly posted. Public comments on non-agenda items do not meet this threshold. 
  • Presentation is when an item is being presented to the Board or from the Board.  Examples include presentation of a check or proclamation to the Board, or the Board presenting a Distinguished Service Award to a staff member.
  • Report is a verbal communication from staff on a topic of interest to the Board.
  • Consent calendar items are routine items of business that occur on a regular basis. The board will approve the consent calendar in one vote, unless the board pulls it for discussion. Often, consent calendar items are related to contract renewals, construction change orders, purchase of previously approved instructional materials, supplies and routine approvals required by state law. 
  • Discussion/action calendar items are required to be publicly approved separately. Items in this category are new items that have not been previously approved, require a policy change, or are related to compensation changes for all employees.
Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District Published:5/21/18
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