Each month, a portion of at least one regularly scheduled school board meeting is set aside for citizens to address board members. Public comments may be made in-person at a regularly scheduled meeting or written and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each speaker receives three (3) minutes to present comments, however the total public comment period will not exceed 30 minutes except by majority vote of the board. A sign-up sheet is available 30 minutes prior to the meeting for any individual or group who desires to address the board. During the public comment period, the board chair recognizes speakers in the order in which they signed-up.
Substitute speakers are not permitted and speakers may not donate any portion of their time to another speaker. If a speaker is unable to present all of his or her information within the specified time limit, the speaker may provide the board with additional information in written form.
If an unusually large number of people sign-up for public comment, a majority of the board may decide to reduce the allotted time for each individual or require the designation of a spokesperson for each group of persons supporting or opposing the same positions. At any time, the board may establish additional procedures to ensure that public comment periods proceed in an efficient and orderly manner.
Written public comments should be sent in advance and will be shared with the board at the next meeting. All written public comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. the day prior to the board meeting at which the comments will be included.
The public comment period is intended for the school board to listen. The board will not engage in dialogue or answer questions. Complaints about individual employees or students are prohibited.