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School district to receive funds from Sprit Run

June 15, 2011

The Newport-Mesa Spirit Run at Tuesday's meeting will present the school district with a check for nearly $45,000 going toward nine schools that participated in the 28th annual event.

This was the first year all Newport-Mesa Unified schools were eligible to benefit from the event, which had struggled in recent years.

Eastbluff Elementary earned $7,925, followed by Harbor View with $7,125. College Park, Killybrooke, Newport Coast and Whittier elementary schools will each receive $7,000.

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Corona del Mar Middle School earned $1,250; Corona del Mar High School, $275; and Lincoln Elementary, $125.

The run was traditionally organized by the five elementary schools that feed into CdM — Harbor View, Andersen, Eastbluff, Newport Coast and Lincoln — but this year a group of parents created a nonprofit and board of directors to run the event and expand its reach.

The Spirit Run brought out more than 1,500 participants to the Fashion Island area March 27 for youth and adult races.

In other business, the school board will:

•Consider approving five high school textbooks — three business, two science — for use in its five high schools.

"Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management," "International Business," "Introduction to Business," "Introduction to the Human Body," and "Environmental Science for AP" have been on display for public review in the District Education Center since May 11.

•Consider settling a claim by a former employee for nearly $150,000, with an about $100 a week pension for life with cost-of-living increases.

The claim comes from a now 65-year-old former bus driver for back injuries and other health issues.

The school board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Roderick H. MacMillian Board Room in the District Education Center, 2985 A Bear St., Costa Mesa.

—Britney Barnes

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