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Board Meeting Brief - February 28, 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:


10.a. Recognition of Employee Super Star Awards with Brief Reception Following. The Super Star program recognizes employees who go far beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect.


10.b. 2017 Harbor Council PTA Reflections Program - 4th District Award Recipients. The program honors students for their achievements in six categories: literature, film/video, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, and musical composition.



13.a. 50th Anniversary Student Board Member Report - 1980's. It is recommended that the Board of Education receive this report from the Back Bay High School student board members reflecting back on what it was like to be in school in the 1980's in Newport-Mesa.



17.a. Adopt Resolution 26-02-17 Calling for the Adjustment of Trustee Area Boundaries. Due to the extensive population growth on the east side of the district, it is necessary to consider readjustment of Trustee Areas. To this end the Superintendent convened a committee to review the Trustee Areas. The committee, with the assistance of a demographer and the district's legal counsel, reviewed the Trustee Areas that would be of similar population and is requesting a resolution to adjust the Trustee Area Boundaries.

17.b. Adopt Resolution 27-02-17 To Initiate A Change To By Trustee Area Elections Commencing With The November 2018 Board of Education Elections. It is the Superintendent's recommendation to change the method of Board Member elections from At-Large to By Trustee Area elections to be in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act, commencing with the Board of Education election in November 2018.


17.c. Adopt Resolution 28-02-17 Corona del Mar Middle and High School Sports Field Project. It is recommended that the Board of Education adopt Resolution 28-02-17 Corona del Mar Middle and High School Sports Field Project to formalize its support of the preference of the school and the community to limit the seating capacity of the bleachers for the replacement and reconfiguration of the existing sports track and field to no more than the current seating capacity.


17.d. Approve Newport-Mesa Unified School District's Initial Proposal for Successor Agreement to the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers for Negotiations Commencing 2017-2018. It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's (NMUSD) initial proposal for successor agreement to the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers (NMFT) for negotiations commencing 2017-2018.


17.e. Receive Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers Initial Proposal for Successor Agreement to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for Negotiations Commencing 2017-2017. It is recommended that the Board of Education receive the initial proposal of the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers' (NMFT) for successor agreement to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) for negotiations commencing 2017-2018.


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:2/27/17
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