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Board Meeting Brief - April 23, 2019
Posted 4/23/19

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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:

Recognitions:

10.a. Recognize Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s 2019 Classified Employee of the Year Recipients – The California School Employee of the Year program highlights the contributions of classified school employees. The following classified employees were selected as NMUSD’s Classified School Employees of the Year:

  • My H. Lam, Nutrition Services Assistant II, Child Nutrition

  • Tabitha D. Strange, Instructional Assistant-Special Education, Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance

  • Scott E. Parks, Bus Driver, Transportation

10.b. Recognition of Winter Athletic Sports Champions - It is recommended that the Board of Education recognize and commend Costa Mesa High School's Co-ed Cheer Team as the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Co-ed Cheer Champions.

Resolution Consent Calendar:

17.a. Adopt Resolution No. 19-04-19 - Observing May 8, 2019 as "National School Nurse Day" and the Week of May 6 - 10, 2019 as "National School Nurse Week" 

17.b. Adopt Resolution No. 20-04-19 Recognizing California Day of the Teacher May 8, 2019 and National Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10, 2019 

17.d. Adopt Resolution No 22-04-19 - In Support of Reform to the California Charter Schools Act - The Newport-Mesa USD Board of Education believes that the charter school approval process should respect a locally elected Board's policy setting and overall management responsibilities, including responsibility for all educational programs within its jurisdiction, fiscal oversight of educational programs within its jurisdiction, and management of facilities needs in its jurisdiction commensurate with enrollments and state and federal standards.

Discussion/ Action Calendar:

18.a. Approve Facility Naming AdHoc Committee Recommendation Regarding Request to Name Davis Magnet School Field “Frainie Field” - In January 2019, a written application was received to name the Davis Magnet School field the "Frainie Field". District Board Policy 7310 requires that to evaluate all such applications a committee must be convened that represents all district zones and that the committee shall evaluate all public comments on the request and then make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The committee recommends that the Board of Education approve naming the Davis Magnet School field "Frainie Field".

18.b. Approve Proposed Board Meeting Dates for July 2019-June 2020 – It is recommended that the Board of Education adopt the proposed meeting dates of July 2019-June 2020. The Board will shift to approve Board meeting dates each June, rather than December, following the district wide planning calendar.

2019:

  • July 16

  • August 27

  • September 17

  • October 7 (Moved to Monday to avoid Yom Kippur)

  • October 29

  • November 19

  • December 10

2020:

  • January 14

  • January 28 (Study Session)

  • February 11

  • February 25 (Study Session)

  • March 11 (moved to Wednesday to avoid Purim)

  • March 31

  • April 14 (Study Session) (this falls at the end of Passover; daytime study session permitted on this date)

  • April 28

  • May 19

  • June 9

  • June 23

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.