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Board Meeting Brief – April 24, 2018
Posted 4/24/18

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Board Meeting Brief – April 24, 2018


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.

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:

Study Session

2.a Discussion on Student Board Members' Selection Process, Timeline, and Application Details for 2018-19


11.a. Recognize Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s 2018 Classified Employee of the Year Recipients. The following classified employees were selected as NMUSD’s Classified School Employees of the Year and their names were submitted to the Orange County Department of Education for consideration as the Orange County nominee:

  • Patricia Sanchez, Nutrition Services Assistant III – Child Nutrition
  • Daniela Logan, Accounting Assistant III – Office and Technical
  • Maria E. Gomez, Instructional Assistant-Special Education – Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance
  • Francine D. Harms, School Cover Bus Driver – Transportation


17.a.4. Approve Agreement With Studio+ for Architectural Consulting Services to Determine the Best Approach to Provide Access Control at all District Sites. The district has committed to a continuing effort to enhance security at our campuses. The Board of Education has requested that staff review these improvements and the conditions at the district's other sites to determine whether additional improvements may be appropriate to provide for secure access points and site perimeters.

17.b.1. Approve Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center Contract for California Elementary School for the 2018/2019 School Year. Students and teachers from California Elementary School will participate in the program offered at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center during the 2018/19 school year. Students will have a hands-on experience, interact with the natural surroundings in a program aligned with the California Science and/or Social Science Content Standards.

Discussions/Action Calendar

18.a. Adopt Resolution 32-04-18 Designating the Observance of Washington Day on February 18, 2019 and Lincoln Day on February 19, 2019.

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.