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NMUSD Welcomes New Board of Education
Posted 12/12/18

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is pleased to welcome the new Board of Education. Newly elected trustees Ashley Anderson and Michelle Barto will join incumbent members Vicki Snell, Charlene Metoyer, Martha Fluor, Dana Black and Karen Yelsey. The new Board took their oath of office on December 11, 2018. 

The Board is comprised of seven elected members who are responsible for goal setting and policy making in order to best serve the educational interests of students in the district. They set direction and policy for the district, its programs, employees, students, and school facilities. 
“We extend our thanks and gratitude to recently retired Board trustees Judy Franco and Walt Davenport for their long-time service to our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Frederick Navarro. “We look forward to the new perspectives and contributions of our newest members,” he said. 
The Board is elected by the public and occupy unique roles being they are also citizens, and, in some cases, parents. 

Ashley Anderson joins the Board as trustee of area 7. A lifelong Costa Mesa resident, Anderson was an elementary school teacher and currently works for a local nonprofit organization. Her priorities include closing the literacy achievement gap, equal access to resources across all schools, and innovative technology-driven education.

“I understand and love our community, especially the schools and neighborhood where I grew up and still live,” said Anderson. “We are always better together, and I am excited to collaborate and make our schools the best they can be.”  

Michelle Barto joins the Board as trustee of area 5. A Newport-Mesa native, she brings a unique perspective as a small-business owner and web developer. Barto is focused on student safety and support, providing individualized tools to support every student’s career path, and communication and transparency to better inform parents and students of available resources. 

“I am committed to listening to the voices of stakeholders, executing a plan and analyzing data to continue to do better for our students,” said Barto. 

For more information about the NMUSD Board, please visit the Newport-Mesa Board of Education website 

About Newport-Mesa Unified School District: Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) serves 32 schools and approximately 22,000 students in the Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Corona del Mar areas. The mission of NMUSD, in partnership with the Costa Mesa - Newport Beach communities, is to graduate students who have acquired the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to achieve significant career, educational, civic, and personal goals, which will enrich our society. 

For more information, please visit the NMUSD Website