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Board Meeting Brief - March 30, 2021
Posted 3/28/21


Board Meeting Brief – Tuesday, March 30, 2021

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

March 30, 2021, NMUSD Board of Education Meeting:

NMUSD Board Meeting Link (Zoom Webinar) - Zoom Meeting 95913370898

  • 2:30 pm - Closed Session
  • 6:00 pm - Public Board 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, March 3, by 11:00 a.m. via the following links: 

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

Below are the items that may be of specific interest:


  • 11.a. Recognize Board Certified Teacher. Sonora Elementary School teacher Shelly Mymon, has passed all exams and is now recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher.

  • 11.b. Recognize 2020-21 Teacher of the Year Recipients - Dennis Ashendorf, Back Bay/Monte Vista High School; Emily Matthews, Davis Magnet School

Consent Calendar

  • 17.d.6. Approve the Memorandum of Understanding Between The City of Newport Beach and the Newport-Mesa USD for the Step Up Program. The Newport Beach Police Department provides a free program, the Step Up, to adolescents based on John Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success” to educate, empower, and provide life skills by covering topics such as how to deal with peer pressure, bullying, cyber safety, tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and other illegal drugs and medications for a number of years. 

  • 17.d.7. Approve the Memorandum of Understanding Between Partners4Wellness, also known as National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – Orange County (NCADD-OC) and the Newport-Mesa USD. Partners4Wellness will provide virtual and/or in person prevention and education services for students in NMUSD schools in 5th – 12th grades, parents, and school staff.

Discussion/Action Calendar

  • 18.a. Approve Transition of Elementary Schools to Level 1 Beginning April 21, 2021. Approve the transition of all NMUSD elementary schools to Level 1 beginning April 21, 2021 and return to the 2019-2020 schedule that was in place prior to COVID.

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.