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Board Meeting Brief – Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Posted 7/20/20


Board Meeting Brief – Tuesday, July 21, 2020

To continue to follow our local and state guidelines, our Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 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.

July 21, 2020, NMUSD Board of Education Meeting:

  • Video Link (Meeting starts on July 21, 2020, at 4 pm) 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, July 21, 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:         

Discussion/Action Calendar

9.a. Approve Instructional Model for Re-opening of Secondary Schools for the 2020-21 School Year

To continue the essential planning and preparation for the upcoming school year, staff recommends approval of a 3-Level Plan for secondary schools that is adaptable for potential changing circumstances throughout the year and meets the state/county requirements for re-opening

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.