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Board Brief - January 17, 2017

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.


Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:




11.a. Report on the N-MUSD College Readiness Block Grant. The grant provides students with additional supports to increase the number of students that enroll in higher education and complete an undergraduate degree within four years.    




13.a.4. Approve Authorization to Advertise and Award Bid #104-17 Learning Resource Center at Corona del Mar (CdM) High School. The CdM Foundation desires to upgrade the learning resource center and fund this project. This project will create a more technology focused resource center with areas for group activities and presentations that currently do not exist.


13.b.1. Acceptance of Grant from the City of Costa Mesa and Costa Mesa United for Sports Facility Improvements for Estancia High School for the 2016-2017 School Year. For several years, the City of Costa Mesa has provided a grant program to support the improvement of sports facilities at Newport-Mesa Unified School District high schools provided the purposes coincide with the City's interest in providing sports facilities for the Costa Mesa community.




15.a. Authorization to Re-Design the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Logo and Form a Logo Re-Design Advisory Committee. As Newport-Mesa Unified School District celebrates its 50th Anniversary in the 2016/17 school year, it is an opportune time to consider re-branding the District logo in an effort to create consistent branding and to more accurately represent the current and future educational mission of the District.


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.
Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District Published:1/13/17
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