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Board Meeting Brief – March 26, 2019
Posted 3/25/19

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In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of a few 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.a. HCPTA Reflections 4th District 1st Place Winners Recognition – The Harbor Council PTA hosts an annual program called Reflections, an art recognition program. The program honors students for their achievements in six categories: literature, film/video, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, and musical composition. This year’s honorees are:

  • Dance Choreography - Intermediate - Koko Chang Andersen Elementary
  • Dance Choreography - High School - Grace O'Brien, Newport Harbor High, State Winner, Moved on to Nationals
  • Visual Arts - Angel Hernandez, Back Bay High School
  • Literature - Angelina Espinosa, Davis Magnet
  • Film Production - Zarrar Zubair, Adams Elementary, State Winner, Moved on to Nationals

10.b. Recognize 2018-2019 District Teacher of the Year Recipients - The Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers recognize teachers from school sites around the District as "Teachers of the Year." the following teachers were selected as "District Teacher of the Year" and will represent Newport-Mesa School District in the Orange County Department of Education Teacher of the Year:

  • Tamara Fairbanks, Mariners Elementary School
  • Daniela Ramos, Davis Magnet School
  • Colleen Tolles, Ensign Intermediate School


13.a. Report on Intervention - This is the first of two Board Reports on intervention, NMUSD addresses student learning through a tiered system, widely known as a Multi-Tiered System of Supports. This includes Tier One: enhancing the district’s core educational program, and Tier Two and Tier Three: defining and refining supplemental supports. Killybrooke Elementary will explain its systematic approach to providing supplemental supports and will highlight its strategic offerings to accelerate academic results, reading and mathematics instruction and intervention.

Consent Calendar:

17.b.3 Approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) With the Orange County Human Relations Council and Newport-Mesa Unified School District for their Collaboration and Formation of a Human Relations Task Force that will Recommend Action to the Board of Education - NMUSD will partner with Orange County Human Relations, which has trained mediators who specialize in building communities to foster respect, resolving conflict and pursuing equality. Orange County Human Relations has supported NMUSD schools to build campus environments that are respectful of diversity, where all students, staff, and parents feel safe, welcome and respected. They also work with school districts to develop and manage task forces that define and develop courses of action for improved school and community culture.

Public Hearing/ Action Calendar:

18.a. Public Hearing of the California School Employees Association, Chapter #18 Initial Proposal for Successor Agreement to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for Negotiations Commencing 2019

18.c. Public Hearing of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's Initial Proposal for Successor Agreement to the California School Employees Association, Chapter #18 for Negotiations Commencing 2019

Discussion/ Action Calendar:

19.b. Naming of the Welcome Center - Karen Kendall Welcome Center - The Board of Education received a request through the BP 7310 process to name the Welcome Center for former principal and director, Karen Kendall, who started that center before retiring.

19.c. Approve Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Federal Addendum - The LCAP Federal Addendum supplements the LCAP to ensure that eligible Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) have the opportunity to meet the required planning provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA funds are supplemental to state and local funds.

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 an item that 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.
  • Public hearing is an opportunity for the Board to receive public opinion on the specific public hearing topic and not intended as a public dialogue.
  • 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 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.