Skip to main content


Board Meeting Brief – January 14, 2020
Posted 1/13/20

Newport-Mesa Unified School District Logo

Board Meeting Brief – Tuesday, January 14, 2020


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 - Elementary Assistant Principal, Anthony Mercado


11.a. Recognition of Fall Athletic Sports Champions

  • Varsity Football - Corona del Mar High School: CIF Southern Section Division 3 Champions; Division 1A Southern Regional Champions and State Division 1A Champions

  • Varsity Girls' Tennis - Corona del Mar High School: CIF Southern Section Division 1 Champions

  • Golf - Cathy Tong - Newport Harbor High School: CIF Southern Section Individual Champion

11.b. 2020 California Distinguished School Awards - Recognize California, Killybroooke, Paularino and Sonora Elementary Schools as 2020 California Distinguished Schools for their outstanding educational programs and practices.

Consent Calendar 

17.b.1. Approve Publication of the 2018-19 School Accountability Report Cards (SARC) -  The School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is intended to provide families and the community with information about each district school.

17.d.3. Approve Grant between Hoag Memorial Hospital Community Benefit Program and Newport-Mesa Unified School District titled NMUSD Health and Wellness Program - The HOPE Clinic is a school health center that provides well child care to underserved children. The program facilitates access to health care, health insurance, resources, and education for children and aims to promote child health and academic success, minimize disability and provide early intervention. The grant is to support health care through December 31, 2020.


18.b. Approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and Waymakers  - Waymakers is an organization funded by the Orange County HealthCare Agency’s Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Team. Waymakers would like to partner with NMUSD to provide substance abuse prevention services to middle and high school students throughout the District through collaboration with student services based on site needs. This memorandum of understanding will be in effect through June 30, 2021.


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.