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Board Meeting Brief – October 9, 2018
Posted 10/8/18

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

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:


12.a. Report on Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Test Scores 

Consent Calendar

16.a.4. Aprove Authorization to Advertise and Award Bid #119-18 Bleachers for Sports Field Project – Corona del Mar High School On October 24, 2017, the Board of Education adopted Resolution No. 21-10-17 certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and approved the Corona del Mar Middle and High School Sports Fields Project, Option B.

16.b.5. Approve Agreement Between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Simon Foundation and Newport-Mesa Unified School District for the Workplace Mentoring Program for Estancia and Costa Mesa High Schools for the 2018 - 2019 School Year. Big Brothers Big Sisters in partnership with the Simon Family Foundation will be providing the Workplace Mentoring program to a separate cohort of current Simon Scholars at Estancia and Costa Mesa High Schools. Each Simon Scholar will be paired with positive, caring, screened and trained adult corporate mentors through the tiered mentoring system all facilitated through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Discussion/Action Calendar

17.a. Approve the Early Commitment to College Program Partnership Agreement with the Coast Community College District. Coast Community College District (CCD) will offer active assistance to high school students enrolled in NMUSD and their families in a tuition-free first year of higher education at CCCD Colleges.

17.b. Authorize the Superintendent or Designee to Negotiate Agreements with the City of Costa Mesa and Newport-Mesa Unified School District for the Improvement, Maintenance and Operation of the Athletic Fields and Related Recreational Facilities at Kaiser Elementary and Davis Magnet Schools.

17.c. Adopt Resolution 08-10-18 in Support of Week of the School Administrator, October 8-14, 2018. NMUSD recognizes the important role of site administrators in leading effective instructional programs that serve students and parents. These leaders are supported by a network of dedicated administrative professionals, including special education and adult education leaders, curriculum experts, school business officials and classified educational leaders, among many others. 

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.