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Board Brief - July 10, 2018
Posted 7/9/18

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Board Meeting Brief – July 10, 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:         


10.a. Review of Site Controlled Access at District Sites  

Informational Items                   

11. Math Middle School Course Pathway Recommendation

Consent Calendar

14.b.1. Approve Raptor Visitor Management System for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District – The Raptor Visitor Management System can check visitors against databases set by each school, it ensures that accurate and reliable records are kept for every visitor that enters the school.

14.b.3. Approve United States Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Award – This federal assistance program is to provide an additional free fruit or vegetable snack to students during the school day and to teach students about good nutrition. This will be the tenth consecutive year the Newport-Mesa has been awarded funds under this program for use at Rea and Whittier Elementary Schools.

14.b.4. Approve Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) With Turning Point for Families for Newport Harbor High School for the 2018–2019 School Year. Turning Point Center for Families is a non-profit, bi-lingual counseling center that provides prevention, intervention and therapeutic counseling services. Turning Point has previously provided these services to Newport Harbor High School students and parents.  

14.b.14 Accept Grant From the City of Costa Mesa for Playground Improvements and Purchase of Musical Instruments for Newport-Mesa Unified School District Costa Mesa Elementary Schools. Approve the grant from the City of Costa Mesa playground improvements at Adams, Paularino, and Pomona elementary schools.

14.b.16 Approve Agreement with AVID (advancement Via Individual Determination) fir the 2018-2019 School Year. AVID is a college readiness program designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. 

  • Early College High School

  • Ensign Middle School

  • Estancia High School

  • Newport Harbor High School

  • TeWinkle Middle School

  • Rea Elementary School

14.b.21 Approve Secondary Textbook Adoption. Textbooks are submitted to the Board for approval for use in specific courses. These submissions are originated by the teachers and are approved by the Department Chair and Principal before submission to the Director of K-12 Curriculum. These textbooks have been on display at the Education Center from June 13, 2018.

  • Campbell Biology in Focus AP Edition 2nd Edition

  • Chemistry: A Molecular Approach AP Edition

  • Comprehensive Health, 2nd Edition

  • Discovering French Today - Level 1

  • Discovering French Today - Level 2

  • Discovering French Today - Level 3

  • ERWC Reader, 2nd Edition

  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers (AP Edition) 9th Edition

  • Practical Research: Planning and Design

  • Psychology in Modules 12th Edition

Discussion/Action Calendar

16.a. Approve Tentative Agreement Between the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter #18. The District and CSEA reached a tentative agreement for reopener negotiations for 2018-19 on June 14, 2018. As part of 2017-18 negotiations, a 2.5% salary increase for 2018-19 was approved by the Board of Education on September 12, 2017.

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.