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Board Meeting Brief – May 14, 2019
Posted 5/14/19

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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:

Recognitions:

10.a. Recognition of California School Employees Association (CSEA)Chapter 18 Scholarship Recipients. CSEA Chapter President Pam Saunders will present scholarship awards to the following recipients, which are children of district staff:

  • NMUSD employee Anita Santoro - recipient is Nicolas Santoro
  • NMUSD employee Pamela Dickey - recipient is Danielle Dickey

Report:

13.a. Early College High School Video. Presentation of a promotional video for Early College High School (ECHS). ECHS is a college preparatory educational program with an emphasis on integrated project-based learning, personalized instruction, and a strong collaboration with Coastline Community College allows students to graduate with a high school diploma and one-two years of college coursework.

13.b. Report on Grades 6 - 12 History/Social Sciences Instructional Materials. Education Services along with lead teachers will report on the process and results for grade 6-12 History/Social Studies instructional materials pilot.

Resolution Consent Calendar:

18.a. Adopt Resolution 23-05-19 Recognizing May 19-25, 2019 as Classified School Employee Week. In 1986, recognizing the valuable contributions that classified employees provide to California public schools, the legislature amended section 45460 of the Education Code to include a provision that designates the third full week of May each year as Classified School Employee Week. Since the time this law was enacted, Newport-Mesa's Board of Education has annually adopted a resolution to recognize the contributions that classified employees make to our school community.

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.