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January 10, 1993 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When John W. Nicoll became superintendent of a unified school district for the first time in 1959, he was California's youngest. Now he is the oldest. Since 1971, Nicoll has stood at the helm of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, a place once famous statewide for its innovative programming and the financial means to make it work. Now, the Newport-Mesa district is infamous across the state for another financial matter--the largest school-system embezzlement in California history.
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November 27, 1997 | LIZ SEYMOUR
Supt. Reed Montgomery will meet with administrators in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District on Monday to discuss changing the boundaries between the two school districts. Laguna Beach school officials are scheduled to accept 342 new students in already crowded, aging schools because of approved development at Newport Coast. If the boundary lines are shifted, the new homes would sit in the Newport-Mesa district.
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December 16, 1995 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
Santa and Mrs. Claus made a whirlwind visit to the city's elementary schools Friday, not in the customary sleigh but in a high-tech police helicopter. With temperatures in the upper 60s, the Clauses explained, the sleigh, which requires snow to operate, was impractical. The beautiful weather, however, didn't stop them from carrying out their mission of passing out hugs and candy canes, and listening to youngsters' holiday wishes.
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March 28, 1995 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
New rules governing health assessment and immunization of children entering public school in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa will go before the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board today. The rules codify a district policy for maintaining student health and heading off potentially debilitating diseases.
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June 10, 1995 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
The artwork of 150 elementary school students offers adults a chance to see the world through a child's eyes and may inspire other young artists, say organizers of the Major Art/Minor Artists museum show this month. The display is the result of an artists-in-residence program called Special Studio in which artist Helen Seigel and teachers Jocelyn Dixon and Frank Dixon spent 20 weeks instructing students from Santa Ana in the basics of art history and major art movements.
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December 23, 1992 | JODI WILGOREN
The leadership of the classified employees' union has sent a letter to the trustees of the embattled Newport-Mesa Unified School District supporting current administrators and calling for a careful approach to problem-solving in the district, which is still reeling from the embezzlement of at least $3.5 million by its former top financial officer. Signed by the union's eight-member executive board, the letter praises acting Supt. Carol A.
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December 5, 1993 | BOB ELSTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As president of a multicultural parent group at Ensign Intermediate School in Newport Beach, Debbie Boyer found it nearly impossible to drum up participation among the parents of many Latino students. The group spent money to translate flyers into Spanish to inform people when meetings and activities were scheduled, only to discover that some students didn't take the flyers home and some parents were unable to read them.
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February 15, 1990 | LANIE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fifth-grade teacher Frank Vaiuso's science lesson began Wednesday at the edge of the Newport Beach Elementary School playground, where the sand meets the waves. There, while brown foam washed ashore and a yellow-slickered cleanup crew made its way along the beach, Vaiuso showed his 27 students how oil from last week's tanker spill was breaking up--"getting chewed up by the waves."
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March 2, 1995 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board has for a second time postponed a decision on adding a new sex-education video for teen-agers to the district's curriculum. The video, called "What About Sex? Teens Speak Out About Parents, Peers & Personal Responsibility," is proposed for use in seventh- through 12th-grade health classes and ninth- through 12th-grade family-life and peer-counseling classes.
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December 7, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite objections last year--and the state's power crisis--parents put up holiday lights at a Newport Beach public school but were compelled to take them down after a warning from the school board president. Many parents, who spent hours Saturday cleaning the grounds at Mariners Elementary School and stringing colored lights around the buildings and white lights in adjacent olive trees, said Wednesday that they were bitter over the thwarting of their show of holiday festivity.
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