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Board Meeting Brief – June 12, 2018

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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:

Employee Retirement Ceremony & Reception – 4:45-5:30 p.m.

Recognition

11.a. Recognition of the 2018 Superintendent’s Character Trait Award Honorees - Six high school seniors are recognized for their exceptional character leadership traits. Now in its sixth year, the program recognizes six graduating seniors from high schools throughout our district who exemplify one of the six pillars of character: caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness.

Report

14.b. Facilities Update on the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Projects and Corona del Mar High School Sports Fields - It is anticipated that HVAC will be installed at the following schools in the summer of 2018 - Davis Magnet, College Park, Kaiser, Wilson, Pomona, and Woodland Elementary Schools. NMUSD is working to construct various upgrades to the sports field at Corona Del Mar High School.

14.c. Report on the Local Control and Accountability Plan and the 2018-19
Budget -
Each school district in California must develop an annual plan, the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP),  that describes the district’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals. 

Consent Calendar

19.b.4. Approve Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) With the Orange County Human Relations Council for the BRIDGES Program at Newport Harbor High School for the 2018-19 School Year. BRIDGES is a nationally-recognized program with the mission of improving inter-group relations by partnering with schools and communities to create, advocate for, and sustain a safe, inclusive, and equitable school climate that respects society’s diversity.

19.b.13. Approve Secondary Textbook for 30-Day Display – The textbook(s) listed below have been presented for adoption and use at all NMUSD High Schools. It has been certified that these textbook(s) are aligned with the new State Board of Education adopted content Standards (Section 60605).

  • Campbell Biology in Focus AP Edition 2nd Edition
  • Chemistry: A Molecular Approach AP Edition
  • Comprehensive Health, 2nd Edition
  • Discovering French Today - Level 1
  • Discovering French Today - Level 2
  • Discovering French Today - Level 3
  • ERWC Reader, 2nd Edition
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers (AP Edition) 9th Edition
  • Practical Research: Planning and Design
  • Psychology in Modules 12th Edition

Discussion Action Calendar

20.a. Approve ‘Illustrative Mathematics” as the Grade Six Through Eight Instructional Math Materials - In August 2017, NMUSD began the process of evaluating and piloting new math instructional materials for sixth through eighth grade. Through the seven month, teacher-driven, pilot process, teachers and staff identified Illustrative Mathematics as the comprehensive set of sixth through eighth grade math instructional materials for NMUSD students. Materials were available for public review from May 10, 2018- to June 12, 2018.

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.
Posted by: Adriana Angulo, District Admin, Newport Mesa Unified School District Published:6/12/18
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