Greetings! In the interest of keeping the community informed, please see below for a brief review of the upcoming Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board meeting. I have highlighted a few items that may be of interest to the general public.
Board Meeting Agenda Highlights:
12.a. Report on Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Corona del Mar Sports Field. The Facilities Development Department will report on sections one and two of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Corona del Mar High School Sports Field.
14.b.6. Approve Contract with Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of Northern Arizona University Summer Camps & Conferencing for Costa Mesa High School DELTA Program. Costa Mesa Middle/High School DELTA Program is a pathway geared for high achieving science and math students designed to provide both in class and out of class experiences that will prepare students for the rigor they will encounter in a four-year university.
16.b. Presentation of proposed balancing for Trustee Zones and introduction of Trustee Zone Balancing Committee members. Update on Trustee Zone Balancing Committee progress.
16.c. Approval of Project Budget for the Athletic Field Reclaimed Water Conversion Project at Corona del Mar High School. In order to improve the condition of the fields, the District is planning a project to convert the irrigation system for the fields from potable water to reclaimed water. The District’s intention is to allow for increased and adequate watering of the fields through the use of reclaimed water, in order to maintain the required use level.
16.d. Approve Letter of Agreement between Newport-Mesa Unified School District/HOPE Clinic and Hoag Memorial Hospital. The HOPE Clinic provides physical exams and immunizations required for school entry, tuberculosis screening for staff and school volunteers, and links children to needed resources. This is grant funding for the HOPE Clinic specifically to provide clinical care to unfunded youth.
Please click here to view the full NMUSD Board of Education meeting agenda.
General 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.
Dr. Fred Navarro