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Volume 5, Issue 65  |  August 14, 2020

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Board Meeting Brief 

Tuesday, February 11, 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:

Study Session – Revised Joint Powers Agreement Between Coastline Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and Newport-Mesa Unified School District


15.a. Education Technology Update - The Director of Education Technology and the Director of Information Technology will give an update on technology use in the district.

Consent Calendar

17.a.1. Ratify Award of Bid # 122-19 with TELACU Construction Management for Site Security Fencing at Ensign Intermediate and Corona del Mar High School/Middle School - The Board of Education authorized the Assistant Superintendent, Chief Operating Officer to advertise and award Bid #122-19 Site Security Fencing. The lowest qualified and responsive bidder was determined to be TELACU Construction Management. The contract has been awarded and is now being brought to the Board of Education for ratification.

17.a.4. and 17.a.5. Authorize the Advertisement and Award of Bid No. 101-20 for 2020 HVAC Installation at Corona del Mar and Costa Mesa High School - The advertisements will be published for general circulation, bids will be evaluated for adherence. It is requested that the Board of Education authorize the Assistant Superintendent, Chief Operating Officer to award the bid to the lowest, responsible, qualified bidder.

17. b.3. Approve 2019-2020 Comprehensive School Safety Plans. The purpose of this plan is to identify appropriate strategies and programs that provide and maintain a high level of school safety. 

17.d.2. Ratification of Expansion of Services Offered in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NMUSD and ONE Recovery for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year - It is recommended that the services with One Recovery expand to serve Estancia and Corona del Mar High Schools. The program includes after school support groups, individual support sessions, and weekly parent support groups to address the needs of students struggling with substance abuse, emotional and behavioral dysfunctions, and destructive behaviors.

Public Hearing/Action Calendar

19.a. Public Hearing Disclosing the Provisions of the 2019-20 Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers - The total cost is already included in the Board’s First Interim 2019-20 budget adoption. Cost provisions of the Tentative Agreement includes: a salary schedule increase of 3.50 percent, effective December 1, 2019; an hourly schedule increase of 3.50 percent, effective the month following NMFT ratification; a 1.4 percent off schedule salary increase paid for the period from December 1, 2019 until June 30, 2020; additional health & welfare cost of up to $1,148 per participant for the 2019-20 year, effective December 1, 2019.

19.d. Receive and Approve the California School Employees Association, Chapter #18 Initial Proposal for Reopener Negotiations to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for Negotiations 2020-2021 - There is currently a Collective Bargaining Agreement in place between the NMUSD and the CSEA through June 30, 2022. The District has received CSEA’s initial proposal for reopener negotiations for 2020-2021. 

19.f. Approve Newport-Mesa Unified School District Initial Proposal for Reopener Negotiations to the California School Employees Association, Chapter #18 for Negotiations 2020-2021 - The «sunshining» of this proposal has no direct fiscal implications. 

Discussion/Action Calendar 

20.a. Approve Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between the University of California Irvine (UCI) Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Healing Ambassador (DIRHA) Program for Costa Mesa and Estancia High Schools - The DIRHA Program teacher/liaison will work with students to promote a deeper understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion through academic preparation, experiential learning, and leadership development for Estancia and Costa Mesa High School students. Students will attend seven seminars/workshops led by UCI faculty and staff on topics that address the topics of diversity, race and racism, religious diversity immigration, gender diversity, racial healing, and project methods, as well as two field trips.

20.D. Approve Schedule of Board Meetings, July 2020-June 2021. It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the dates, place, and time for the regular meetings of the Board of Education for June 2020-June 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.

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