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Board Meeting Brief – Monday, October 7, 2019
Posted 10/4/19

Board Meeting Brief – Monday, October 7, 2019

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:        


12.a. Report on Kindergarten Readiness - Report on the Early Developmental Index data (EDI). The EDI is a population-based measure of early child development and kindergarten readiness in five key domains: physical health, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, and communications skills and general knowledge.

Consent Calendar

12.a. Authorize the Advertisement and Award of Bid #122-19 Security Fencing at Ensign Intermediate School and Corona del Mar High School – In an effort to enhance security at its school sites the Board authorized the design of security enhancements at Ensign Intermediate School and Corona del Mar High School. The Ensign project includes fencing, the addition of two parking lots, and other security features. The Corona del Mar High School project includes enhanced perimeter fencing, parking lot modifications, a new entry structure, and other security features.

16.b.2. Approve the Agreement with the Orange County Department of Education(OCDE) for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program for Adams Elementary for the 2019/20 School Year The District has partnered with OCDE to train teachers on how to implement strategies that will be more challenging for GATE students. 

Discussion/Action Calendar

19.a. Approve Tentative Agreement Between the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and California School Employees Association Chapter #18 - The District and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter #18 reached a Tentative Agreement on September 12, 2019. Key contract provisions of the agreement include: 1) salary increase of 3.5% for 2019-20; 2) increase to Health and Welfare Benefit Cap to $20,441; results in no changes to the employee contribution; and 3) increase to 2 of the 7 Personal Necessity (PN) days may be used for reasons deemed appropriate by the employee (Article 8.9.4).

19.d. Approve Schematic Design for Estancia High School Theater - The Board approved an agreement with Pfeiffer Partners for architectural and engineering design services for the Estancia High School Theater complex. The presentation will include an overview of the design process, committee participation, scope confirmation, budget and project schedule.

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.