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Board Meeting Brief – November 13, 2018

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

The 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:

Report:

12.a. Report on Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Local Performance Indicators for California School Dashboard - There are eight state priorities identified in LCFF law. As a result, the State Board of Education approved the Local Indicators, which are based on information that districts collect locally.  Each school district is required to measure and report its progress on the following Local Indicators:

  • Basic Services

  • Implementation of State Academic Standards

  • Parent Engagement

  • School Climate

  • Access to a Broad Course of Study

Representatives from the Department of Assessment and Data Analysis, Special Projects, and Student Services will report on LCFF Local Performance Indicators for the California School Dashboard.

Consent Calendar:

16.b.5. Approve Agreement With Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County for the Workplace Mentoring Program for Estancia High School for the 2018 - 2019 School Year - The Workplace Mentoring Program  will pair students (Littles) from Estancia High School with adult corporate mentors (Bigs) through a mentoring system that provides a positive role model which leads to school and lifetime success.

16.b.6. Approve Master Service Agreement Between Newport Mesa Unified School District and the Discovery Science Center - Discovery Science Center has agreed to provide various science programs at district-wide sites for a five-year period.

16.b.8. Approve 2018-2019 Comprehensive Safety Plans - The purpose of the plan is to identify appropriate strategies and programs that provide and maintain a high level of school safety, including the school’s procedures in the case of earthquakes, fires, and other emergencies. NMUSD has adopted a two-part Comprehensive School Safety Plan: Part I, Policy Review and Planning and Part II, Emergency Procedures. The 2018-2019 Comprehensive School Safety Plans are available for review at each of the district schools. Review of non-sensitive safety related plans and materials will be available upon request at school sites.

Discussion/ Action Calendar:

17.b. Naming of Education Center Patio Courtyard - It is requested that the Board of Education approve the request to name the Education Center Patio Courtyard the Judith A. Franco Patio Courtyard in honor of her 38 years of service on the Board of Education and the students of Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

17.c. First Reading and Adoption of Modifications to Board Policy - It is recommended that the Board take the recommendation of the Board's policy editing team to conduct this first reading, waive the second reading, and adopt the revisions to the following policies which are a result of changes in law, regulations, or court decisions.

BP 400 - Comprehensive Plans
BP 420 - School Plans/Site Councils
BP 450 - Comprehensive Safety Plans
BP 1100 - Communication with the Public
BP 1250 - Visitors/Outsiders
BP 3000 - Concepts and Roles
BP 3514 - Environmental Safety
BP 3516 - Emergency Preparedness Plan
BP 3516.5 - Emergency Schedules
BP 3540 - Transportation
BP 4158, 4258, 4358 - Employee Security
BP 5142 - Safety
BP 5145.11 - Questioning and Apprehension by Law Enforcement
    

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 an item that 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.

  • Public hearing is an opportunity for the Board to receive public opinion on the specific public hearing topic and not intended as a public dialogue.

  • 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 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:11/13/18
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