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Board Meeting Brief – June 25, 2019
Posted 6/24/19

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. Recognition of the 2018-2019 Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Recipients




11.a. Newport-Mesa Annual Spirit Run Check Donation. Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, offers all schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District the opportunity to share in the event and its financial success. Money is distributed to participating NMUSD schools.




12.b. Report on the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). The District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) is an advisory committee comprised of representatives from school English Learner Advisory Committees (ELACs). The role of the DELAC is to advise the Newport-Mesa Unified School District on programs and services for English learners. The Annual Report to the Board of Education summarizes highlights of the year's activities, along with observations and comments from DELAC Officers and DELAC members.


12.c. Estancia High School Patient Care Pathway Video. The Patient Care Medical Pathway, known as the Estancia Medical Academy, is a program at Estancia High School that combines academic instruction with specialized training in health professions. This video highlights the innovative and successful Career Technical Education (CTE) program offered by NMUSD and showcases how the Estancia Medical Academy is preparing students for careers in the medical industry and creating a pipeline of workers in the regional economy.


Consent Calendar:


16.b.1. Approve the Agreement with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for Trainings During the 2019/2020 School Year. ADL will provide their three-day "A World of Difference: Institute Peer Leadership Training for students plus on-going site based activities and support during the 2019-2020 school year. ADL will also provide "A World of Difference" Institute 1-Day Educator and Staff Training during the school year to create a respectful, inclusive and safe learning environment and community; and to build understanding of the value and benefits of diversity.


Discussion/Action Calendar:


18.e. Adopt Resolution 28-06-19 All Funds Final Budget. As required by Education Code section 52062(b)(2), the district conducted a public hearing on June 11, 2019, whereby the district's 2019-20 budget was presented for public review and input.


18.f. First Reading and Adoption of Modifications to Board Policy - Technical/Minor Modifications. It is recommended that the Board of Education take the recommendation of the Board's policy editing team to conduct this first reading, waive the second reading, and adopt the revisions to the following policies containing minor technical revisions which are a result of changes in law, regulations, or court decisions.

  • BP 3000 - Concepts and Roles
  • BP 3270 - Sale and Disposal of Books, Equipment, & Supplies
  • BP 3300 - Expenditures and Purchases
  • BP 3314 - Payment for Goods & Services
  • BP 3314.2 - Revolving Funds      

18.g. First Reading and Adoption of Modifications to Board Policy. It is recommended that the Board of Education review and adopt at first reading the attached policy revisions that have been reviewed and edited by the three member Board policy editing team. These policies have revisions to bring their language and legal references current to meet legal deadlines.

  • BP 3100 - Budget
  • BP 3110 - Transfer of Funds
  • BP 3220.1 - Lottery Funds
  • BP 3260 - Fees and Charges
  • BP 3311 - Bids
  • BP 3312 - Contracts


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.