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September 12, 2006
Here are some items the board will consider tonight:   REVIEW OF BOARD POLICY Trustee Tom Eganhas asked for a review of the school board's policy regarding the preparation of agendas. One section of the rules declares that to put an action item on the agenda, at least three trustees must agree to it. Egan, who claims that the rule inhibits the power of individual trustees, has requested that the board give it another look.   WHAT TO EXPECT The trustees will only be discussing the item, with no vote scheduled to take place.
By Jill Cowan | February 26, 2014
Well-wishers and friends packed into the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's board chambers Tuesday night to honor the district's teachers and classified employees of the year. Mary Widtmann, who teaches a fourth- and fifth-grade combination class, and Kathy Evans, who teaches science at Back Bay High School, were recognized for their work in the classroom. Widtmann and Evans will now serve as Newport-Mesa's nominees for the Orange County Department of Education's Teacher of the Year, who represents the county at the state level.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 13, 2013
A defense attorney for a Newport Beach man accused of sexually abusing seven boys over more than 15 years has subpoenaed the confidential school records of an undisclosed number of students. Legal counsel has specifically asked about times the students may have lied about inappropriate activity. A Newport-Mesa Unified School District employee on Friday turned over the documents to an Orange County Superior Court judge, who immediately sealed the records. Christopher Bryan McKenzie, a pool man who also volunteered with children at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, is accused of sexually abusing his victims between March 1996 and October 2011, often maintaining a sexual relationship over the course of many years, according to police.
By Hannah Fry and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | September 12, 2013
After more than an hour of heated debate Tuesday night, Newport-Mesa school officials failed to decide how to allocate $15.8 million of one-time facilities money among the district's high schools. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of trustees voted 4 to 3 to postpone discussion about the funds until Nov. 1 and create an equity committee to assist the board with divvying up the the amount remaining from the original $25 million in facilities money. The trustees previously approved $9.2 million to go to Newport Harbor High School for its sports stadium.
July 24, 2013
Lincoln Elementary School's principal is set to retire in August, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District announced Wednesday. Principal Jane Holm's retirement from the Newport Beach school will create the fourth principal opening that the district is working to fill. Holm is leaving after 13 years with the district, according to a news release from Newport-Mesa. "It was a very difficult decision for me because it has been such a delight to work with our Lincoln children over the years," Holm wrote in a letter to parents, staff and students.
By Annie Kim | June 14, 2013
Newport Beach living may become a little bit more affordable with the grand opening of Newport Palisades and its collection of new single-family detached homes priced in the high-$600,000s. Saturday's grand opening will be open to the public to feature the 33-home community. Half of the homes have been sold or reserved. "The Newport Palisades Collection provides new homebuyers with a great opportunity to enjoy the unique lifestyle found in Newport Beach," said Ernie Gallardo, vice president of Mesa Orchard Associates.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 28, 2013
Local students will soon be able to earn college credit from a private university in Los Angeles County while completing high school courses in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. During a study session of the district's school board Tuesday, Charles Hinman, assistant superintendent of secondary education, introduced a partnership with Marymount California University in Rancho Palos Verdes that would allow juniors and seniors to concurrently enroll in high school classes and college courses covering mostly the same material.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 22, 2013
At an elementary school bus stop the morning of May 15, a group gathered to pick up a passenger who wasn't allowed to disembark on his own. He just happened to be the superintendent of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa public schools. "We put on his bus pass that he must be met, which is why we're here," joked Jeanne Briggs, an administrative assistant for the director of transportation. Supt. Fred Navarro had bounced along the morning bus route with a few dozen elementary school students and returned to the bus yard to waiting employees.
March 25, 2013
Corona del Mar High quarterback Cayman Carter, Newport Harbor tailback Talalelei Teaupa and Estancia running back Robert Murtha highlight three of 17 seniors from Newport-Mesa Unified School District schools nominated to play in the 54th Brea Lions Club Orange County North-South Prep All-Star Football Game at Orange Coast College on June 28. If selected in the coming weeks, the Newport-Mesa players will be members of the South All-Stars. Carter, who plans to walk on at Southern Methodist University, is one of four players nominated from a CdM team that defended its CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship in December.
By Britney Barnes | October 12, 2012
Parents can learn the tips and techniques needed to teach their kids how to use the Internet and social media safely and smartly at an event next week. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is hosting an all-schools parent Cyber Smart presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the District Education Center. The bilingual presentation ties in with what students are learning during Cyber Smart week, Monday through Oct. 26. "We don't want parents to be fearful of technology. ... It's a wonderful tool," said district spokeswoman Laura Boss.
By Alicia Lopez | July 17, 2012
From the smallest kindergartner to the man at the top of the educational ladder, it's all about listening and learning. That's what new Supt. Fred Navarro, 55, said he will be doing in his early days with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. His first full day was July 11. Although he has already met with some board members and administrators, including interim Supt. Robert Barbot, he said he will meet with other educators to get a lot of "face time," as he tries to gather information.
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