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Board Meeting Brief – Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Posted 9/14/20

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Board Meeting Brief – Tuesday, September 15, 2020

To continue to follow our local and state guidelines, our Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, will be a virtual meeting. Please see links below for access to Board Meeting live stream link and online form to submit public comments.

September 15, 2020, NMUSD Board of Education Meeting:

  • Video Link:  

    • 3:00 p.m. Roll Call "Closed Session"

    • 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting

    • Habrá interpretación al español a través del mismo enlace de Zoom

  • Public Comment may be submitted prior to the meeting via electronic submissions no later than Tuesday September 15, 2020 by 9:00 a.m. via the following links: 
  • English: Public Comment Form
  • Spanish: Public Comment Form 

All sections must be filled out in order to be read as part of the Board Meeting


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:

Consent

14.a.1. Ratify Agreement with LEAF Engineers, Inc. for Mechanical Engineering Services - It is recommended that the Board of Education ratify the agreement with LEAF Engineers, Inc. for mechanical engineering services as related to indoor air quality and specific recommendations for reopening schools.

14.b.2. Approve the Office of College and Career Education to Apply for Phase 6 of the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) - It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the Office of College and Career Education to apply for Phase 6 of the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) up to the amount of $800,000.

14.b.3. Approve Additions to the High & Middle School Course of Study - It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the revision to the High & Middle School Courses of Study: Enhanced Algebra 1AB

14.b.5. Approve the Continuing Consulting Agreement Between the Freedom Committee of Orange County and Newport-Mesa Unified School District for the 2020 - 2021 School Year - The members of the Freedom Committee of Orange County have brought the "Living History" of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District schools for several years.

Resolution Consent

15.e. Adopt Resolution 09-09-20 in Support of September 7-13 as "National Suicide Prevention Week" and the month of September 2020 as "National Suicide Prevention Month"

Public Hearing/Action Calendar

16.b. Approve Tentative Agreement Between the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers 2020-2021 - The District and NMFT reached a tentative agreement on August 11, 2020 for contract reopeners for 2020-21. The current NMUSD-NMFT Collective Bargaining Agreement's term was extended by MOU earlier this year to June 30, 2021

Public Hearing.

17.a. Public Hearing for the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCP) - The Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan will be presented to the Board for adoption on September 29, 2020 in order to receive recommendations and comments from members of the public regarding the specific actions and expenditures purposed to be included in the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCP).


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.