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By Hannah Fry | January 30, 2014
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board has decided to appoint a replacement for outgoing member David Brooks. Trustees started the appointment process this week to fill the upcoming vacancy in the Estancia High School zone. Brooks, a longtime district trustee, announced earlier this month that he plans to step down March 11, citing time constraints and frequent travel with a charitable organization. The unanimous vote to begin the process came after much discussion among trustees Tuesday evening regarding the best way to handle filling the post.
NEWS
August 11, 2008
The filing deadline to run for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District School Board has come and gone without much of a fuss. All three incumbents filed their papers Friday without even a whisper of a competitor. So, unless one of the members decides to withdraw from the race, Martha Fluor, Dana Black and David Brooks will be serving another term. This will be Dana Black’s fourth time being elected to the school board. She was first elected in 1996. Brooks began in 1998 and Fluor has represented Newport-Mesa since 1991.
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By By Michael Miller | December 15, 2005
David Brooks, retired police officer and 7year board member, is chosen president.David Brooks, a Newport-Mesa Unified School District board member since 1998, was chosen as the board's new president Tuesday. At the meeting, during which the board appointed more than 20 officers for the next year, member Martha Fluor nominated Brooks, and the other members elected him unanimously. Brooks, who has been vice president for the last year, replaced former president Serene Stokes. Linda Sneen inherited Brooks' prior post, and Judy Franco became clerk.
NEWS
March 12, 2001
-- Mathis Winkler Best-selling author David Brooks will unravel the mystery of the Bobos, or bourgeois bohemians, at a lecture at Newport Beach's Central Library on Tuesday. Bobos, says Brooks, have one foot in the bohemian world of creativity and the other in the bourgeois realm of ambition of worldly success. Organizers of the event, which forms part of the library foundation's Manuscripts Literary Lecture Series, said that Bobos formed an integral part of Newport Beach's population.
NEWS
June 7, 2003
An intimate reception on Lido Isle hosted by the civic-minded Joe and Judy Rosener brought together some 90 local citizens with a common goal: A community-based organization called Communities in Schools of Orange County. The group works with public school systems to assist disadvantaged children and works to build a bridge between families and the education system serving the child. To promote this effort, the Roseners invited principals from two schools to address the crowd.
FEATURES
April 23, 2006
Over the years, Newport Beach's John and Donna Crean have given generously to plenty of causes. It is hard to think of a group that has not been able to take advantage of the Crean home, the Village Crean above the Back Bay, for a fundraising effort. As a result, the Creans' names have been applauded countless times and are engraved on many plaques in honor of their philanthropy. Of all the couple has done, nothing may be a more lasting and more fitting tribute than the Donna and John Crean Mariners Branch Library, which opened Thursday at Mariners Park after five years of planning, construction and, yes, about $500,000 from the Creans.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | January 15, 2014
David Brooks, a longtime Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustee, announced Tuesday that he plans to step down, citing time constraints and frequent travel with a charitable organization. Brooks, a retired Costa Mesa police captain, has represented the Estancia High School zone since April 1998. His term officially ends in 2016, but his last day will be March 11. He is involved in Voice of China and Asia, a missionary society, which requires lengthy travel. This other obligation made continuing to serve on the school board difficult, Brooks said.
NEWS
November 9, 2000
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT-MESA -- Newly reelected school board members said Wednesday they will strive to fulfill goals and objectives set by the district's strategic plan and get parents more involved in the education of their children. Martha Fluor, who retained her seat on the school board by a wide margin over challenger Ila Johnson, said she will continue to listen to parents and encourage their participation. "We must listen to them, be it praise or criticism," she said.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | February 16, 2007
COSTA MESA — Hundreds gathered Thursday morning to cheer on the groundbreaking of a stadium at Estancia High School. At a ceremony held on Estancia's football practice field, Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor, Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard, school board members and others wore hardhats and dug gold-painted shovels into a sandbox on the 50-yard line. The groundbreaking represented the first project of Measure F, the $282-million bond that voters approved in 2005.
FEATURES
April 2, 2006
We have rarely hesitated in taking the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to task for not getting very much done. There seems to be a lot of talk and a lot of planning, not to mention a lot of bond money, but not always much action. We hope that a promising plan the board approved last week turns out to be long on results. The district's new three-year technology plan appears to be a well-conceived, forward-thinking proposal. At its core, the plan is meant to ensure that our children are trained and expert in what's become the central tool of our time: the computer.
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By Hannah Fry | January 30, 2014
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board has decided to appoint a replacement for outgoing member David Brooks. Trustees started the appointment process this week to fill the upcoming vacancy in the Estancia High School zone. Brooks, a longtime district trustee, announced earlier this month that he plans to step down March 11, citing time constraints and frequent travel with a charitable organization. The unanimous vote to begin the process came after much discussion among trustees Tuesday evening regarding the best way to handle filling the post.
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NEWS
By Steve Smith | January 24, 2014
The announcement that Newport-Mesa Unified School District board member David Brooks is stepping down presents the board with the option of naming someone to replace him or holding a special election. Don't hold your breath waiting for a special election. The board will select a replacement because it can't take the chance that you and I will pick someone who may question its spending, progress or handling of anything out of the ordinary, such as the debacle involving former Supt.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | January 15, 2014
David Brooks, a longtime Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustee, announced Tuesday that he plans to step down, citing time constraints and frequent travel with a charitable organization. Brooks, a retired Costa Mesa police captain, has represented the Estancia High School zone since April 1998. His term officially ends in 2016, but his last day will be March 11. He is involved in Voice of China and Asia, a missionary society, which requires lengthy travel. This other obligation made continuing to serve on the school board difficult, Brooks said.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 9, 2013
A mock 911 call interrupted classes at Newport Harbor High School on Monday morning. Students filed out of class about 10:30 to see a simulated alcohol-related accident: two smashed cars, one overturned, with three of their classmates sprawled out on the asphalt, posing as victims. A volunteer dressed as death, joined by students with faces painted white to represent past victims of drunken driving, looked on as police and paramedics joined the scene. A few hundred students watched from the bleachers as first responders acted out procedures employed at DUI crash scenes as part of the Every 15 Minutes program, meant to warn teens about the dangers of drinking and driving.
NEWS
By Steve Smith | December 20, 2011
In a foreboding first message as your new school board president, David Brooks did his best Ebenezer Scrooge "Bah! Humbug!" impersonation by saying, "We don't need critics" who are "bad-mouthing schools. " So to the many educators and others who have emailed me privately with your outrage, and to those who appear before the board to complain, Brooks would like you to put that coal back in the scuttle and get back to work. Teachers, you'll get back to work on Jan. 2, while the rest of the country observes a federal holiday.
NEWS
December 13, 2008
Old conspiracy theories never die. They’re just regurgitated. Ad nauseam. Case in point: Chuck Cassity’s “elucidation.” Apparently these media folk have a vast, left-wing agenda that they promote with slanted reporting. “Blatant, out in the open, in the bright light of day” no less. For sure, also. “Obama got twice as much ink in the lead-up to the election as did McCain,” Cassity writes, “and that’s why the ink he got was three times more favorable.
NEWS
August 11, 2008
The filing deadline to run for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District School Board has come and gone without much of a fuss. All three incumbents filed their papers Friday without even a whisper of a competitor. So, unless one of the members decides to withdraw from the race, Martha Fluor, Dana Black and David Brooks will be serving another term. This will be Dana Black’s fourth time being elected to the school board. She was first elected in 1996. Brooks began in 1998 and Fluor has represented Newport-Mesa since 1991.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | February 16, 2007
COSTA MESA — Hundreds gathered Thursday morning to cheer on the groundbreaking of a stadium at Estancia High School. At a ceremony held on Estancia's football practice field, Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor, Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard, school board members and others wore hardhats and dug gold-painted shovels into a sandbox on the 50-yard line. The groundbreaking represented the first project of Measure F, the $282-million bond that voters approved in 2005.
FEATURES
April 23, 2006
Over the years, Newport Beach's John and Donna Crean have given generously to plenty of causes. It is hard to think of a group that has not been able to take advantage of the Crean home, the Village Crean above the Back Bay, for a fundraising effort. As a result, the Creans' names have been applauded countless times and are engraved on many plaques in honor of their philanthropy. Of all the couple has done, nothing may be a more lasting and more fitting tribute than the Donna and John Crean Mariners Branch Library, which opened Thursday at Mariners Park after five years of planning, construction and, yes, about $500,000 from the Creans.
FEATURES
April 2, 2006
We have rarely hesitated in taking the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to task for not getting very much done. There seems to be a lot of talk and a lot of planning, not to mention a lot of bond money, but not always much action. We hope that a promising plan the board approved last week turns out to be long on results. The district's new three-year technology plan appears to be a well-conceived, forward-thinking proposal. At its core, the plan is meant to ensure that our children are trained and expert in what's become the central tool of our time: the computer.
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