Addressing the Board of Education

From time to time, individuals may wish to address comments or concerns directly to the Board of Education. In most instances, issues involving students, parents, faculty or staff can be resolved without having to appear before the Board of Education. To ensure timely resolution of your concerns and/or questions, the district has a helpful reference guide of who to contact when an issue arises.

If you do wish to address the Board, please keep in mind that school board meetings are business meetings which are held in public. On your agenda, you will see “Recognition of Visitors – Agenda Items” and “Recognition of Visitors – Non-Agenda Items.” In order to allow fair and orderly expression of comment, the Board has provided these opportunities to hear appropriate comments from anyone attending the meeting. However, the Board does not respond to questions during the course of the business meeting.

The Board values and welcomes civil, respectful statements and clear, concise communications that inform its deliberations. The Board uses the public comment period as an opportunity to listen to citizen concerns, but will not debate issues or enter into a question-and-answer session.

It is also important that no person addressing the Board initiate charges or complaints about individual Board members or employees or students of the District. Such charges or complaints should be presented directly to the Superintendent. Speakers are encouraged to provide the Board with a written copy of their comments and other appropriate supporting documentation, but it is not required.

How may I address the Board during a meeting?

Please adhere to the following when speaking to the Board during public session:

  • Wait to be called upon by the Board president.
  • At the microphone, please state your full name.
  • Direct your comments to the Board; do not turn and speak to the audience.
  • Keep your comments as concise as possible.
  • Speakers are expected to treat others with respect, confining their remarks to School District issues.
  • Do not use the public speaking portions of Board meetings to make personal statements about any individual or engage in any commentary that is slanderous or abusive. The Board president may rule any speaker out of order who makes such statements.