September 21, 2004
Marisa O'Neil The school district doesn't have to look into a crystal ball to see where it will be five years from now. The problem is getting there. In the next two weeks, schools will start receiving copies of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's proposed strategic plan, which maps out the next five years for schools, teachers, administrators and parents. Parents and community members will have about a month to comment or offer suggestions before school board trustees vote in October whether to accept it as it stands.
August 1, 2004
ROGER CARLSON The blame for the wreckage of the athletics system at Costa Mesa High School is easily traced. Chaos created by a Joint Use Agreement in which the City of Costa Mesa's recreation department controls the playing fields on the school's campus with an iron fist is the first thing that must be reversed with an attitude of common sense and follow-up on promises. Additionally, coaches at Mesa, as well as Estancia, deserve to be paid for their endeavors, during the school year and outside the school year, just as everyone outside the Newport-Mesa School District is, and just as those at Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high schools enjoy.
July 27, 2004
Deirdre Newman An environmental report on the potential widening of Newport Boulevard says the project will have minimal negative effect on the entrance to the city, but some residents feel the project will not accomplish the touted benefits. The proposed project calls for improving the traffic and pedestrian conditions on Newport Boulevard from 17th to 19th streets by adding a fourth northbound lane throughout the area and adding a fourth southbound lane from the end of the Costa Mesa Freeway to the intersection with Broadway.
January 25, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Newport-Mesa students are getting a chance to see a marriage between the latest technology and some of the most ancient. Beginning Monday, a webcam will broadcast live images from a special sundial atop the Newport-Mesa Unified School District offices. The dial joins others worldwide as part of the EarthDial project, inspired by the MarsDial -- currently having come technical difficulties -- on the Spirit rover. "There was one on Mars before that green guy stepped on it," joked board member and sundial enthusiast Tom Egan.
March 7, 2003
Christine Carrillo No design has been made. No plans approved. But talk of a possible skate park at Davis Elementary School was all the city needed to spark debate, which was exactly what the City Council wanted. Using public forums to quell concerns among opponents of the proposed park, the City Council asked parks and recreation commissioners to get responses from residents. And they did. During a meeting Wednesday night that about 35 people attended, those for and against the idea got the chance to air their differences.
January 18, 2003
Deirdre Newman The Newport-Mesa Unified school board would like to boost its presence in the city with live broadcasts of meetings, but isn't sure if networking all the schools is necessary. On Tuesday, the board embraced trustee Tom Egan's idea to broadcast its meetings live in Newport Beach. The decision encouraged Steve Glyer, director of educational technology, to continue working with city officials to gain a dedicated access channel. Newport Beach residents now wait 11 days to see the latest school board meeting.
December 26, 2002
Deirdre Newman A slide ruler, a copy of the Rosetta Stone and a tongue-in-cheek version of a membership certificate from The Flat Earth Society speak volumes about Tom Egan's past, present and attitude toward the future. The slide ruler represents Egan's past as an engineer. His field was aeronautics, and he worked with rockets, satellites and computers. The Rosetta Stone, which has both Egyptian and Greek writing on it, led to the deciphering of hieroglyphics.
December 16, 2002
Deirdre Newman Tom Egan's victory last month over incumbent school board member Wendy Leece illustrated the potent power of the teacher's union, which rallied its troops and spent about $6,000 to unseat an adversary it had battled for years. The Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers only backed one challenger -- Egan -- along with incumbents Judy Franco and Serene Stokes. It put all three endorsements on one slate, raising Egan's profile by association.
December 13, 2002
Deirdre Newman While Tom Egan and Wendy Leece ran almost neck-in-neck on the Westside of Costa Mesa, Egan received considerably more support in the rest of the district, namely Newport Beach, illustrating that Leece's criticism of Westside schools and conservative outlook did not resonate with the majority of the district. "I think that extreme point of view turns people off," said Cyndie Borcoman, a Newport Beach resident, who has been involved with the district on policy decisions.
November 23, 2002
George Grupe We are here to thank Wendy Leece for eight years of service to Newport-Mesa. I know there are thousands more who would also like to thank you. We didn't always agree with you, but most of the time we did. So often, you were the only light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. Even with five or six Newport-Mesa Unified School District board members against you, you stuck to your guns, a lady with true grit. We have often watched board members attack you in ways almost beyond belief.