Public Forum Procedure

  • This is the time when we allow citizens to address the Board. Please feel free to submit to the Board any documents relating to your topic that you believe may be helpful in understanding your topic. 

    We do not normally address citizen concerns when they are expressed at a Board meeting, and may ask the administration to address your concerns and provide you an appropriate response. We may also respond by informing you of specific factual information relating to your topic, or recite to you existing policy concerning your topic. 

    If your topic involves a personnel matter or a student matter, or if you contend that your legal rights have been violated or board policy not followed, we have specific grievance procedures for these matters, and Board meetings are not the appropriate time to discuss such matters. As a result, if you begin talking about one of these topics, you will be asked to stop speaking and directed to the appropriate grievance policy. 

    We respectfully ask that you refrain from making personal attacks or rude or slanderous remarks or becoming boisterous. Speakers are asked to express themselves in a civil manner, with due respect for the dignity and privacy of others who may be affected by your comments. While it is not our intent to stifle public comment, speakers should be aware that if your statements violate the rights of others under the law of defamation or invasion of privacy, you may be held legally responsible. If you are unsure of the legal ramifications of what you wish to say, we urge you to consult first with your legal adviser. We also will not tolerate disruptions of the meeting by members of the audience; if, after at least one warning, any person continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, the meeting will be recessed and we will request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the disruptive person removed from the meeting. 

    Under Board policy BED (LOCAL), no presentation may exceed 5 minutes. In addition, if more than 5 persons wish to speak on a particular topic, you will be required to appoint one person to present your views to the Board.