ADDRESSING THE BOARD

  • [Source: Board Policy BED(LOCAL}]

PROCEDURES FOR REGISTERING

  • Persons who wish to participate in Public Comment and/or Citizen Participation, as applicable, shall sign up between 5:30 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting at the designated location at or near the entrance area to the Board room. Persons wishing to speak must complete the designated registration form in full, and a registered speaker must make his/her own presentation during the designated time. Any registered speaker who is absent from the meeting at the time for Public Comment and/or Citizen Participation forfeits the opportunity to address the Board at that meeting. Patrons may not address the character of any student, staff or individual Board member in open session during their presentation

Public Comment

  • At each meeting of the Board, including regular, special-called and workshop meetings, patrons who have registered in accordance with the procedures established by this regulation may address the Board during Public Comment regarding any posted agenda item prior to the Board’s consideration or action on the item.

    The amount of time allotted for each Public Comment presentation shall be two minutes.

Citizen Participation

  • At each regular meeting of the Board, patrons who have registered in accordance with the procedures in this regulation may address the Board during Citizen Participation on any matters of concern or interest to the District that are not posted agenda items. The amount of time allotted for each Citizen Participation presentation shall be two minutes, and the number of participants for Citizen Participation shall be limited to ten.

    A lottery drawing may be used for Citizen Participation if more than ten persons have registered to speak. 

  • Procedures for Drawing for Citizen Participation

Public Hearing

  • The Board may hold a public hearing in which any interested persons shall be allowed to present information on the topic of the hearing with a specified time allotment.

Board's Response

  • Board members may ask questions of presenters to clarify the issues presented. Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not deliberate or decide regarding any subject that is not on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting.

Complaints and Concerns

  • The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether a person addressing the Board has attempted to solve a matter administratively through resolution channels established by policy. If not, the person shall be referred to the appropriate policy (see list below) to seek resolution:

    Employee complaints: DGBA
    Student or parent complaints: FNG
    Public complaints: GF

Disruption

  • The Board shall not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the audience. If, after at least one warning from the presiding officer, any person continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, the presiding officer may request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the person removed from the meeting.