Public Comment at Board Meetings
The Board recognizes the importance of receiving public comment on matters of educational interest and is committed to designating a portion of each of its regularly scheduled public business meetings to receive public comment on agenda items. Board policy BEGG, Public Participation during Board Meetings, provides detailed information about how public comment is conducted at Board meetings; that policy is summarized below.
- All public comments should address agenda items or items of educational interest.
- No speaker may use the opportunity of the public comment period to air employee grievances, make complaints on behalf of individual students or discuss any matters that might come before the Board for appeal.
- A representative from the list of recognized organizations is pre-registered to speak before the Board for up to five minutes if the organization notifies the Board executive by close of business the Thursday prior to the Board meeting. A list of recognized organizations is available on BoardDocs.
- Up to 10 members of the public may register for an opportunity to speak by signing the public comment sign-up sheet and signing a form stating you understand the public comment procedures outlined below.. The sign-up sheet is available in the lobby outside the Board meeting room from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on the day of each Board meeting.
- Groups must designate one person to speak on their behalf. No more than one entry on the sign-up sheet will be recognized for any one group.
- Individuals who have not fully completed the public comment sign-up sheet may not be called for public comment.
- Each speaker shall be limited to three minutes, and an audible warning shall be given at the conclusion of the three minutes of allotted time.
- Speakers may not yield their time to another individual.
- The Chair shall rule out of order the comments of any speaker who verbally and personally attacks a school district employee or Board member and of any speaker who strays from the agenda item or topic on which the person signed up to speak. Comments made after the speaker is ruled out of order are not included as part of the formal record of the meeting.
- A person attending an open session of the Board may not engage in any conduct that disrupts the session or that interferes with the right of members of the public to attend and observe the session.
- The Board reserves the right to modify this policy for good cause.