2:230 - Public Participation at Board of Education Meetings and Petitions to the Board

Policy 2:230

Board of Education

Public Participation at Board of Education Meetings and Petitions to the Board

At each regular and special open meeting, members of the public and District employees may comment to or ask questions of the School Board, subject to reasonable constraints. The Board President is authorized to take such procedural actions as appropriate to preserve the orderly and efficient conduct of Board business.

The individuals appearing before the Board of Education are expected to follow these guidelines:

  1. Address the Board only at the appropriate time as indicated on the agenda and when recognized by the Board President.
  2. Identify oneself by stating name and community of residence as well as general topic. Comments shall be limited up to three minutes for the initial comment by each speaker. After a speaker makes an initial comment, the speaker may speak for up to one additional minute during subsequent public comment periods. Each speaker will be limited to a total of 4 minutes, 3 minutes within their first comment period and 1 minute in a second comment period, during any one Board of Education meeting. The Board President may limit the total length of time for all public comment when appropriate to maintain decorum or otherwise prevent interference with the orderly transaction of public business.
  3. Observe the Board President’s decision to determine procedural matters regarding public participation not otherwise covered in Board policy.
  4. Direct questions to the Board of Education as a whole and not toward any individual member of the Board or administrative staff. Questions posed to the Board of Education will be taken under advisement and answered in a timely manner.
  5. Conduct oneself with respect and civility toward others and otherwise abide by Board policy, 8:30, Visitor to and Conduct on School Property.
  6. The Board will not process charges or complaints made against individual employees by persons during a Board meeting. Rather, a charge or complaint against an employee must be in writing and signed by the person who makes it, and the Board will refer any such charge or complaint to the Superintendent or designee for appropriate review taking into consideration the procedural due process rights of the individual in question.

Petitions or written correspondence to the Board of Education shall be presented to the Board in the next regular Board packet.

ADOPTED: March 20, 2006
Revised: July 18, 2011, April 25, 2016, December 18, 2017; April 25, 2022

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