Addressing the Board

[Source: Board Policy BED(LOCAL}]

Limit on Participation

Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the public comment 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.

Public Comment

At regular meetings the Board shall allot 30 minutes to hear persons who desire to make comments to the Board. Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting shall sign up between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting at the reception desk located outside the Board room. To validate the registration, the form shall be completed in full by the person wishing to speak.

At 6:15 p.m., a District representative shall determine who is present to speak. A lottery drawing including all present, registered speakers shall determine the order of presentations. If more than ten persons have registered, the lottery drawing shall also determine who will present. Persons not chosen to speak shall be given the opportunity to present their views to the Board in writing.

No presentation shall exceed three minutes. The Board Secretary shall serve as timekeeper. The number of participants shall be limited to ten.

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.

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

Public Hearings

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.


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.