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Public Involvement at Board Meetings

The Board has established two formal times during each meeting specifically for public participation. Each period is indicated on the agenda as "public participation." The first public participation session will be at the beginning of the meeting and will be no longer than 30 minutes in length. The first public participation session will be for public comments and input on items that are on the meeting agenda

Participant Requirements 

Attendees are required to register their intention to participate in the first public participation session of the meeting upon their arrival at the meeting. Participants must be recognized by the presiding officer and will be required to preface their comments by an announcement of their name, address, and group affiliation, if applicable. The second public participation session will be at the end of each meeting and shall last up to 60 minutes.

The Board requires that public participants be: 1.) District residents, taxpayers, employees or students, or such individual's designee; 2.) Representatives of contractors eligible to bid on materials or services solicited by the Board; or 3.) a Representative of a group in the community or district. 

Speaker Time Limits and Statement Limits 

During the first or second public participation session, each statement made by a participant is limited to three minutes in length.

No participant may speak more than once during a meeting on the same topic, and no participant may speak more than once during a meeting until all others who wish to speak have been heard. All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer; no person may address or question Board members or others attending the meeting individually. Participants are not permitted to address matters relating to individual students or other matters made confidential by law. To protect employee's rights, the Board does not hear complaints about specific employees in public session.

Board Response 

If appropriate, the Board will occasionally respond immediately to questions or comments, but will usually instruct the superintendent or treasurer to do further research and report back to the Board and public participant. Those who have a specific question will receive a response either at the meeting or shortly thereafter. The Board wants to ensure that it is fully informed before responding.