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By Britney Barnes | May 23, 2012
In Newport-Mesa, the Sea Kings are, well, the kings of college-preparedness, according to the Washington Post. The newspaper has ranked Corona del Mar High School the highest in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and placed it nearly 100 spots above the best-ranked Irvine Unified High School. "For the first time any of us can ever remember, Newport-Mesa outranked Irvine this year," Assistant Supt. Charles Hinman said during Tuesday's school board meeting to applause.
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April 6, 2012
Charles Patrick Catanese, son of Assunta and Antonio Catanese passed away March 31, 2012 after a long illness. He was one of seven children, born September 15, 1918 in Rochester, PA.  Charles attended Rochester High School in PA and is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He received his Masters degree from Kent State University, Ohio. He also attended Long Beach State University and the University of Southern California, where he did post-graduate work in School Administration.
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By Jeffrey Hubbard | March 9, 2012
When I was in seventh grade, growing up in La Mirada, I decided to become a teacher because I thought it was the greatest and most important job in the world. In the last 43 years, my opinion has not wavered. In the course of my professional career as an educator, I was able to attain that job and accomplish, I hope, some wonderful things for students in three districts as a teacher, principal and superintendent. As a graduate student at USC I first heard about how highly the Newport-Mesa Unified School District was thought of. I dreamed of working there someday.
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February 18, 2012
It is with respect and commitment that I have accepted the responsibility and confidence that you have entrusted in me to serve as the interim superintendent and to facilitate the process for the selection of a new permanent superintendent for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Newport-Mesa is a student-centered school district with wonderful and caring stakeholders. It is by continuing to listen, support, respect and work together to strive to do what is right that we will continue to give all students the excellent educational opportunities they deserve.
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January 28, 2012
With the exception of Katrina Foley, the members of the Newport-Mesa Unified Board of Education need a civics lesson. For some reason, they were under the misperception that Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard was "innocent until proven guilty" and "entitled to his day in court. " While that was true in the criminal proceeding, it was not true in the employment context. Hubbard held a position of trust and fidelity as a superintendent of schools. The criminal charges against Hubbard, and the strong evidence in support of those charges, were enough to justify his termination for cause.
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By Lauren Williams | January 23, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Newport-Mesa Unified Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard was convicted Monday of two felony charges for misappropriating public funds during his tenure as the schools chief for Beverly Hills. A jury in Los Angeles County Superior Court found Hubbard, 54, guilty of giving to a subordinate $20,000 in bonuses and increasing her car allowance without required school board approval. He was acquitted on a third felony charge that he illegally increased another subordinate's pay. Just after the verdicts were read, Hubbard appeared stunned and placed a hand on his face.
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By Britney Barnes | October 10, 2011
Elementary school backpacks are about to get a little lighter. Although the Newport-Mesa Unified School District has posted some of its textbooks on the Internet since 2007, all K-6 social science, math, English, language arts and science textbooks are now available to students online. "I think the biggest impact is they won't have to lug those textbooks home," said Jenith Mishne, the district's director of educational technology. Depending on the publisher, the online textbooks range from PDFs of books to interactive experiences with features like practice books, word definitions, videos and audio, Mishne said.
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August 30, 2011
The California School Employees Assn. is accepting applications from anyone interested for a single open spot on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's three-person Personnel Commission. The commission's job is to oversee the hiring and treatment of classified employees, which include bus drivers, custodians, officer managers, teacher's aides and nutrition services. Commissioners oversee the merit system for recruitment and selection, hear appeals to disciplinary action, and maintain a job classification system.
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By Steve Smith | August 23, 2011
The Chicago Public Schools website doesn't have this fantastic page, nor do the websites for the New York City Department of Education, the San Diego Unified School District or the Dallas Independent School District. You won't find a similar page for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, which includes Annapolis, Md., home of the U.S. Naval Academy, nor the Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs, Colo., where the U.S. Air Force Academy is. And this webpage does not appear on the website for the public schools in West Point, N.Y., home of the U.S. Military Academy.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | August 11, 2011
The graduation rate in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District improved by nearly 2% last year, according to state data released Thursday. The districtwide graduation rate increased to 94.8% in 2009-10 from 93.2% in 2008-09. One campus, Early College High School, had a rare-for-Orange County 100% graduation rate, according to data from the state Department of Education. Asst. Supt. of Secondary Education Charles Hinman said the data came as no surprise with Newport-Mesa's tradition of achieving high graduation rates.
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