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Board Brief - November, 15, 2016

Greetings! In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board meeting. I have highlighted a few items that may be of interest to the general public.


Agenda Highlights for the November 15, 2016 Board Meeting:




14.a.3. Approval of Agreement with LPA, Inc. for Conceptual Preliminary Design Services for the Relocation of the Varsity Baseball Field and Impacted Adjacent Athletic Fields at Estancia High School. The intent of the project is to relocate the varsity baseball field in order to minimize foul balls from hitting the Photovoltaic (PV) panels in the parking lot and foul balls entering the properties of the adjacent residents along the south border of the school property.


14.b.7. Approve the Office of College and Career Education to apply for Phase 2 of the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG). The purpose of the CTE Incentive Grant is to grow, enhance, and expand District CTE programs to industry standards within their pathways and to promote staff development for CTE teachers and staff.


14.e.1. Approve Setting Board of Education Annual Organizational Meeting. It is recommended that the Board of Education set its annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the District Education Center and that the Board of Education conduct a review of the Board Committee Appointments list and recommend any changes to the committees included on the roster prior to the annual organizational meeting.


14.e.2. Final Adoption of Board Policy Revisions Which are a Result of Changes in Law, Regulations, Court Decisions, or District Protocols. The Board of Education Policy Review Committee has reviewed the revisions on various board policies containing mandated changes as a result of changes in law, regulation, or district protocols.


15.b. Accept Hoag Grant for the Newport Mesa Unified School District HOPE Clinic. HOPE Clinic is a school health center that provides well child care to underserved children. The program facilitates access to health care, health insurance, resources, and education for children. The grant for $275,000 is for 2016/2017 school year.



Please click here to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.


General 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.




Dr. Fred Navarro

Superintendent, Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District Published:11/14/16
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