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P 0412 Meetings Participation by Public

To provide for full and open communication between the public and the Board of Education, the Board authorizes several avenues for the exchange of information, ideas and opinions. All of the following operate within the framework of the Board's scheduled meetings.

  1. Written correspondence may be directed to the Board, through the Superintendent, for consideration at a meeting. Statements of two (2) pages or less are encouraged. Complaints regarding personnel or student discipline matters will be heard and discussed in executive session only and not in open meeting.
  2. A patron who wishes to have an item placed on the agenda will present the request in writing to the Superintendent. To be considered, the request must be received five (5) working days before the scheduled meeting.
  3. From time to time, the Board will schedule a public hearing on matters of concern to the community, i.e. the annual budget.

All meetings of the Board will be presided over by a chairman with the primary purpose of conducting the business of the Board in a responsible and expeditious manner. Unless unusual circumstances dictate otherwise, the Board will not make a decision on an issue(s) presented by an individual or group during that particular meeting. The Board reserves the right to waive formalities in emergency situations within the limitations of state statutes.

The chairman will have the authority to regulate and limit public participation within the provisions of Board policies and accompanying regulations.

Board Approved Date: July 2003
Last Updated: July 2003