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Board Meeting Brief – July 16, 2019
Posted 7/12/19

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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:      


10.a. Report on the Newport Mesa Unified School District Human Relations Task Force (HRTF) Phase I Recommendations

Consent Calendar

14.b.6. Approve the Agreements With the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for Anti-Bias Staff Trainings

14.b.14. Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County to Continue the High School Bigs Program at Paularino, Sonora and Victoria Elementary Schools for the 2019-2020 School Year.

Discussion/Action Calendar

15.c. Approve Secondary Textbooks for 30-day Display. Textbooks are submitted to the Board of Education for approval for use in specific courses. These submissions are originated for new courses by the teachers who will use them and are approved by the Department Chair and Principal before submission to the Director of Secondary Curriculum & Instruction.

  • Title: Chemistry 10th Edition
    Publisher: Cengage Learning
    Course Title: AP Chemistry
    Department: Science
    Grades: 11 - 12
  • Title: Face-a-Face Conversation Sans Frontieres
    Publisher: Vista Higher Learning
    Course Title: IB World Language
    Department: World Language
    Grades: 11 – 12

15.e. PreK-12 District Priorities for 2019-20. The Board received a draft copy of the priorities at their March 26, 2019 Board meeting with a request for input and edits. Edits were received. The revised document was reviewed and discussed at the May 28, 2019 Board meeting and additional edits were suggested. The second round of edits was incorporated. It is recommended that the Board discuss the document and approve for 2019-20.

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.