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Board Meeting Brief – November 14, 2017

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Board Meeting Brief – November 14, 2017


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:


10. Introduction of new staff – Dipali Potnis, Principal, TeWinkle Intermediate School




13.a. Report on proposed collegiate calendar




16.e.1. Approve setting Board of Education Annual Organizational Meeting. It is recommended that the Board of Education set its annual organizational meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017, 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.




18.a. Approve Agreement with Optimum Energy Design (OED) for Engineering and Design Services for the 2019/20 New and Renovated Air Conditioning Projects at Various Sites. Approve the Agreement with Optimum Energy Design (OED) for mechanical, electrical, structural and architectural engineering and design services for the 2019/20 New and Renovated Air Conditioning Projects at

Harbor View Elementary, Mariners Elementary, Newport Elementary, Newport Heights Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Ensign Intermediate and Back Bay High School.


18.b. Approve the Office of College and Career Education to apply for Phase 3 of the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG). It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the Office of College and Career Education to apply for Phase 3 of the Career

Technology Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) in the amount of $1,000,000.


18.c. Approve Agreement with Open-Up Resources for Support for the Grades 6 - 8 Math Pilot.


18.d. Approve Agreement with the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) for Support of the Grades 6 - 8 Math Pilot.


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: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District Published:11/14/17
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