Speaking at a Meeting

  • The Board invites the viewpoints of citizens throughout the District and considers the responsible presentation of these viewpoints vital to the efficient operation of the District. The Board also recognizes its responsibility for the proper governance of the schools and therefore the need to conduct its business in an orderly and efficient manner. The Board therefore establishes the following procedures to receive input from citizens of the District:

    A. Any individual desiring to address the Board shall attend the meeting in person, complete a form (Request to Address Board) which is available in the boardroom, and give this form to the Board Secretary prior to the start of the Board meeting.

    B. The Board President shall be responsible for recognizing speakers, maintaining proper order and decorum, and adhering to any time limit set, with the help of the Board Secretary. Questions requiring investigation shall be referred to the Superintendent for later report to the Board. Questions or comments on matters that are currently under legal review will not receive a response.

    C. Recognized speakers may speak for up to three (3) minutes and Public Comments will be heard for a total of 30 minutes, unless the Board President sets a different time limit. Names of all those submitting comments will be listed in the official minutes under the Public Comments section.

    D. Personal attacks upon Board members, staff personnel, or other persons in attendance or absent by individuals who address the Board are discouraged. Upon conclusion of the open call to the public, individual members of the Board may respond to any criticism made by an individual who has addressed the Board.