School board meetings do not start at 6 p.m., they start at 4 p.m. That’s when members of the public are able to speak on any agenda items that are on the closed session that is held until 5:30 when there is a dinner break.

On Jan. 16, Nicholas Dix, Executive Director of the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers, spoke at the “pre-meeting” to let the board know that the union has some issues regarding the adoption of the so-called collegiate calendar and the process – or lack of it – that was used to make the final decision.

In his comments about the impact of the calendar, Dix said, “[There are] also other 
also other issues that impact secondary students in trying to determine what type of calendar would best meet those needs and those interests.”

About the process, Dix said, “We are very concerned about that recommendation as it relates to the process.”

At that meeting, Dix provided the board with a copy of the Calendar Committee agendas that “point out the process problem.” Specifically, Dix took issue with the fact that it took five meetings of the committee to address the calendar for the 2020-21 school year.

“We have a very big concern regarding the process as well as the scope and the original charge of the calendar committee. So it really becomes frustrating because the reasons we have policies and procedures and processes in place is so that we don’t get ahead of ourselves.”

Stay tuned.

Steve Smith
Taxpayer, N-MUSD