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Public Participation

The Board welcomes hearing from members of the public.  There are two public comment opportunities at each Board meeting.  The first comment period is for Agenda Items Only.  The second comment period is for Any Topic.  All individuals wishing to provide public comment must attend the meeting in person and shall indicate their desire to address the Board prior to the start of the meeting by providing information on the applicable sign-in sheet. 

PROCEDURES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
A sign-in sheet for each comment period will be provided by the Board Secretary and placed in a designated sign-in area.  Each person who wishes to address the Board shall complete the applicable sign-in sheet with their name, address, school district, the topic to be addressed, and group affiliation, if applicable.

First Public Comment Period—Limited to Agenda Items Only
Individuals who have requested to speak to the Board on agenda items will be recognized in the first public comment period, as set forth in the Board agenda. Individuals who have signed in to speak on agenda items will be given an opportunity to address the Board prior to the Board taking any action on the listed (or added) agenda item.  After recognition by the Presiding Officer, the individual shall identify himself/herself and the agenda item on which he/she wishes to speak. The presentation during the first public comment period will be limited to three minutes per person. The Presiding Officer reserves the right to limit the number of individuals or groups who will be recognized to speak.

Second Public Comment Period—Any Topic
Individuals who have indicated the desire to speak to the Board on the sign-in sheet for any topic will be recognized in the second public comment period, at the end of the meeting.  After recognition by the Presiding Officer, the individual shall identify himself/herself and the topic on which he/she wishes to speak. Comments during the second public comment period will be limited to two minutes. The Presiding Officer reserves the right to limit the number of individuals who will be recognized to speak.

Please note that participants may speak no more than once during the first public comment period and may speak no more than once in the second public comment period. 

All comments during both public comment periods shall be directed to the Presiding Officer.  No participant may address or question board members or staff individually.

The Presiding Officer may:

  1. Interrupt or terminate a participant’s statement when the statement is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant.
  2. Request any individual to leave the meeting when that person does not observe reasonable decorum.
  3. Request assistance of law enforcement officers to remove a disorderly person when his/her conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting.
  4. Call a recess or adjourn to another time when the lack of public decorum interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting.
  5. Waive these rules with approval of the Board.