Addressing the Board

[Source: Board Policy BED(LOCAL}]

LIMIT ON PARTICIPATION

Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the Public Comment or Citizen Participation portion of the meeting designated for that purpose. At all other times during a Board meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the presiding officer. Registered speakers may not include statements regarding the character of any student, staff or individual Board member. A registered speaker must personally make his or her presentation during the designated time. Any registered presenter who is absent from the meeting or attempts to allow another person to present for him or her shall forfeit the opportunity to address the Board at that meeting.

Public Comment

At each meeting of the Board, including work sessions, patrons who have registered 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. Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting shall sign up between 5:30 and 5:50 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting near the entrance area to the Board Room. To validate the registration, the form shall be completed in full by the person wishing to speak.

Citizen Participation

At each regular meeting of the Board, patrons who have registered may address the Board during Citizen Participation on any matter 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. Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting shall sign up between 5:30 and 5:50 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting near the entrance area to the Board Room. To validate the registration, the form shall be completed in full by the person wishing to speak.

If more than ten persons have registered, a lottery drawing shall determine who will present. Persons not chosen to speak shall be given the opportunity to present their views to the Board in writing.

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.