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Board Meeting Brief – Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Posted 11/18/19


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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. Introduction of New Staff - Angela Allen-Hess, Coordinator, Child Welfare & Attendance


14.a. Kindness Video 

Consent Calendar 

17.a.6. Approve Agreement with Optimum Energy Design for Mechanical Engineering and Design Services for 2020 HVAC Placement at Various School Sites – Optimum Energy Design will provide site assessments to determine the needs of the 2020 new and renovated air conditioning projects at Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, and Newport Harbor High Schools. The scope of work consists of consulting mechanical, electrical, structural and architectural services necessary for the design and construction for the projects.

17.b.4. Approve Renewal Agreement with California State PTA for the School Smarts Parent Engagement Program – The California State PTA developed the School Smarts Parent Engagement Program as a model for creating meaningful and diverse parent involvement. It brings parents from all backgrounds together in support of their common interest: helping their children and schools succeed. 

Discussion/Action Calendar

19.a. Approve 2019-2020 School Plans for Student Achievement - Annually, elementary and secondary schools revise and submit their School Plans for Student Achievement. The plans are a summary of the goals, strategies, actions, and services designed by each school to improve student outcomes. The plans have been developed with a focus on data-driven identification of the needs of students, evidence-based strategies, materials, and programs. 2019-2020 School Plans for Student Achievement for each school are available for review at each of the district schools.

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.