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Board Meeting Brief – September 11, 2018
Posted 9/11/18

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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:

10. Introduction of New Staff      


13.a. Report on Secondary Summer Language Academy– For the past two years, NMUSD has run a summer language program in partnership with California State University, Fullerton.

13.a. Report on Elementary Summer Engineering and Music Programs - Education Services will report on the K-6 Summer Engineering and Music programs.

Consent Calendar

16.d.3. Approve the Memorandum of Understanding between NMUSD and Project Hope Alliance – Project Hope Alliance, a family stability program that seeks to find and maintain secure housing for vulnerable children and their guardians, will expand their services to students at Costa Mesa High School.

Discussion/Action Calendar

18.b. Authorize to Negotiate and Award Estancia High School Aquatic Center Project - To maintain the schedule for completion of this project by February 2020, it is requested that the Board of Education authorize the district’s Assistant Superintendent, Chief Operating Officer to negotiate and award contracts to Westberg + White Architects and Planners and California Waters for the Estancia High School Aquatic Center Project.

18.d. First Reading and Adoption of Modifications to Board Policy – It is recommended that the Board of Education 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 0420.4 - Charter Schools
  • BP 1325 - Advertising and Promotion
  • BP 4119.21/4219.21/4319.21 - Professional Standards
  • BP 5113.1 - Chronic Absence and Truancy

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.