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Flagship Programs Proposed for NMUSD School Zones

Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor, Costa Mesa and Estancia school zones presented their proposed distinguished programs for their respective schools to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of education on Tuesday.

CdM proposed an international academy and a performing arts and multimedia academy for students to choose from. Newport Harbor presented an international baccalaureate for academics and arts program.

The superintendent plans to schedule a future study session with the board to pursue options and opportunities for implementing the proposed zone distinguished programs, according to an announcement from district spokeswoman, Laura Boss.

District staff held more than 35 community meetings last year to seek input from stakeholders about programs and options, referred to as flagships.

Presentations for each school can be viewed online at


New NMUSD Board Member Appointed

Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of education appointed Vicki Snell as trustee for area 1 on Tuesday, to replace retiring board member David Brooks.

She will be seated at the March 11 board meeting and administered the oath of office.

Snell’s provisional appointment will be effective through Dec. 5.

She will need to stand for election in November 2014 to serve as the permanent representative of Trustee Area 1 and again in November 2016 to return Trustee Area 1 to its correct board election cycle, the announcement explains.

The board met and interviewed six candidates: Christopher Blank, Clay Epperson, Erin McCarthy, Michael Schwarzmann, Vicki Snell, and Sheri Turner.

“Each candidate was exceptional and it was a tough decision,” said Board President Karen Yelsey. “We hope the candidates will continue to stay involved and share their insights with the Board.”

The public meeting included a half hour interview of each candidate followed by discussion and action.

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