Public Participation at Meetings

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION DURING HEARING OF VISITORS AT BOARD MEETINGS

There are two opportunities for public participation at regular meetings of the Board of School Trustees – Hearing of Visitors: Action Agenda Items and Hearing of Visitors: Other Items. The purpose is for the School Board to seek input from the public. The School Board does not respond to questions posed during the Hearing of Visitors.

The Hearing of Visitors: Action Agenda Items takes place at the beginning of the meeting, after the adoption of the agenda and prior to any votes on action items. Visitors wishing to address the Board on action agenda items (items which will be voted on) must sign the registration sheet prior to the meeting and state the action agenda item(s) which they will address. During the Hearing of Visitors: Action Agenda Items, the Board Secretary will call the speakers to the podium in the order in which they have registered. A time limit of three minutes shall be enforced for all speakers. Speakers shall properly identify themselves after they approach the podium by stating their name and address for the record. Individuals may speak only once during this section of the agenda. Personnel issues are not to be addressed during open sessions of the School Board. All statements shall be directed to the Board President, not to individual Board members. The Board President may interrupt, warn, or terminate a person’s statement if the statement becomes personally directed, abusive or obscene.

The Hearing of Visitors: Other Items takes place at the conclusion of the meeting, after the action agenda. Anyone wishing to address the Board is invited to approach the podium. A time limit of three minutes shall be enforced for all speakers. Speakers shall properly identify themselves by stating their name and address for the record. Individuals may speak only once during this section of the agenda. Personnel issues are not to be addressed during open sessions of the School Board. The Board President may interrupt, warn, or terminate a person’s statement if the statement becomes personally directed, abusive or obscene.