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Board Brief - September 17, 2019
Posted 9/16/19

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Board Meeting Brief – September 17, 2019

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


13.a. Receive Report on Summer Projects - The Business Division will provide an update on projects completed over the summer break.

13.b. Receive Report on California PBIS Coalition Recognitions – Student Services will provide a report of the 12 schools that received Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) recognition. California PBIS Coalition recognizes public schools that have excelled at the implementation of PBIS interventions and school wide programming.

Consent Calendar

17.a.17. Approve Agreement with PlaceWorks Inc. for California Environmental Quality Act Consulting Services for the Estancia High School Theater Project - PlaceWorks will complete the traffic analysis of the new construction impacts to the surrounding area for the project. 

17.a.18. Approve Agreement with Studio+ Architecture for Site Controlled Access Upgrades at Various School Sites - Studio + Architecture will provide architectural and structural engineering services related to perimeter security fencing at six sites: Back Bay High School, California Elementary School, Costa Mesa High School, Davis Magnet School, and TeWinkle Intermediate School. Services will be provided during schematic design, design development, construction documentation, agency approval, construction administration and close-out phases of the project.

17.d.3. Approve Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between the Newport Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) and the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove - It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the MOU between Newport-Mesa Unified School District and the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove to provide Parent and Teen Empowerment Classes to targeted school sites through June 30, 2021.

Resolution Consent Calendar

18.c. Adopt Resolution 07-09-19 in Support of September 8-14 as “National Suicide Prevention Week" and the month of September 2019 as “National Suicide Prevention Month” - This resolution recognizes the ongoing efforts and professionalism of today’s educators, administrators, and other staff members who help to lessen the possibility of suicidal behaviors by recognizing them during September 2019, which is the “National Suicide Prevention Month” and specifically during September 8-14 which is the “National Suicide Prevention Week.”

Discussion/Action Calendar

19.a. Approve Service Agreement between NMUSD and ONE Recovery for the 2019-2020 School Year - ONE Recovery, a non-profit organization that will be providing district wide services such as after school support groups, individual support sessions, weekly parent support groups, and other interventions to address maladaptive behaviors and to promote healthy lifestyles.

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.