Public Participation

Guidelines for Public Participation

Members of the public who wish to address the board should arrive early and sign up on the clipboard at the front of the room. Comments relating to items on the agenda can be made just prior to the board’s discussion of that agenda item. Individuals who wish to comment on items that are not on the agenda are welcome to address the board during the public comment section at the beginning of the meeting.

Speakers are asked to limit their time to five minutes. If more than one representative from a group is in attendance, the board asks the group to pick a few talking points and a representative, who may speak for 10 minutes. The Board President reserves the right to alter these time limits when necessary.

We ask speakers to please observe the following guidelines:

1. Confine their comments to matters that are germane to the business of the School District.

2. Recognize that students often attend or view meetings. Speakers’ remarks, therefore, should be suitable for an audience that includes kindergarten through twelfth grade students.

3. Understand that the board cannot discuss specific personnel matters or specific students in a public forum.

The Board President, may interrupt, warn or terminate a participant’s statement that breaches any of the above conditions.

Members of the public should feel free to contact, privately, any board member or the Superintendent to discuss issues.

During the public comment section, the board may or may not ask questions or respond directly to speakers. The board may hold a brief conversation following the public comment portion of the meeting in order to determine if future action is necessary.