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Board Meeting Brief - May 23, 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. 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. This is what excellence is all about. It comes from striving, maintaining the highest standards, paying attention to the smallest detail, and going the extra mile. Celebrating excellence is an important part of the Board of Education's recognition of the contributions made by employees of the Newport- Mesa Unified School District.



14.a. 50th Anniversary Student Board Member Report - 2010's. It is recommended that the Board of Education receive this report from the Newport Harbor High School student board members reflecting back on what it was like to be in school in the 2010's in Newport-Mesa.


14.c. Report on Elementary English Language Arts/English Language Development Pilot. Education Services along with K-6 elementary lead teachers will report on the process and results for the elementary ELA/ELD instructional materials pilot.



16.b.1. Accept Grant From the City of Costa Mesa and Costa Mesa United for Sports Facility Improvements for Costa Mesa High School. Approve the grant from the City of Costa Mesa and Costa Mesa United for sports facility improvements at Costa Mesa High School, which includes installation of a women’s batting cage at Costa Mesa High School. 


17.a. Approve Bridges in Mathematics by Math Learning Center as the Kindergarten Through Grade 5 Instructional Materials for Elementary Math. The office of K12 Curriculum & Instruction and the Elementary ELA/ELD Instructional Materials Pilot Team recommends Bridges in Mathematics by Math Learning Center as the core instructional materials adoption for Kindergarten through Grade 5.


17.b. Approve New Logo to Represent Newport-Mesa Unified School District. It is recommended that the Board review logo designs and select a new logo to represent Newport-Mesa Unified School District.


17.c. Approve 2017-18 PreK-12 District Priorities. It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the 2017-18 PreK-12 Board's District Priorities.



Please note that the NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda is posted online the Friday prior to the meeting.
May 23, 2017 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

Posted by: Matthew Jennings, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District Published:5/22/17
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