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Board Meeting Brief - Tuesday December 10, 2019
Posted 12/9/19

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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:

Annual Organizational Meeting 

11.a. Approve Election of Board President, 2020

11.b. Approve  Election of Board Vice President, 2020

11.c. Approve Election of Board Clerk, 2020       

Report

17.a. Accept Financial Audit Reports for Fiscal Year 2018-19 

Consent Calendar 

19.a.1. Ratify Agreement with PCN3, Inc. for Estancia High School Aquatic Center, Increment 2 - The lowest qualified and responsive bidder was determined to be PCN3, Inc. with a bid of $1,379,000. The contract has been awarded and is now being brought to the Board of Education for ratification to enter the award into the public record.

19.b.2 Approve the Purchase of PreACT for Newport-Mesa Unified School District High Schools for the 2019- 2020 School Year - Newport-Mesa Unified School District high schools will use PreACT services in the 10th grade classes. These PreACT assessments will better prepare students for the ACT as it can be taken as early as the second semester of 11th grade.

19.d.2. Approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and Project Hope Alliance (PHA) - PHA currently provides services at Newport Harbor High School, Ensign Middle School and Costa Mesa High School, and this memorandum of understanding will allow PHA to operate its programs at any secondary school in the District.

Discussion/Action Calendar

20.b. Approve the 2020 California School Boards Association (CSBA) Delegate Assembly Nominations - The CSBA Delegate Assembly is the primary policy-making body of the association. It is requested that the Board of Education approve the nomination of Board member Michelle Barto to run for CSBA Delegate Assembly in Region 15 to fill Dana Black's seat.

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.