The Board of Education
schedules public hearings on issues it determines to be of widespread interest
and concern. A quorum of the Board is not required to be present for a hearing
to be conducted. In addition to special public hearings, the Board holds
hearings on its strategic plan, annual operating budget, proposed Capital
Improvement Program (CIP), and school boundaries. Hearings for the proposed
capital budget and CIP and/or boundaries are governed by Board Policy
FAA, Educational Facilities Planning.
General guidelines for public
hearings are as follows:
1. The subject, date,
and opportunities for signup for a public hearing are typically publicized
through the Board’s customary communications channels, including being posted
on the Board's website and through a release to the news media.
2. The agenda for the
hearing is closed when the maximum number of speakers is registered or at the
close of business the day before the hearing, unless otherwise specified by the
Board in the hearing notice.
3. The following time
limits for testimony apply to public hearings, unless otherwise specified by
the Board in the hearing notice:
A person calling to
speak, other than a cluster coordinator or area vice president, may reserve
only one space. Only one speaker will be registered for any organization,
unless the Board provides otherwise. Individuals and organizations may not cede
time to others who have signed up. Elected officials are given the courtesy of
being placed on the agenda at the time of their choice. Speakers are requested to
submit their testimony electronically to the Board of Education Office at least 24 hours in advance of
the hearing. If the testimony is not provided in advance, speakers are
requested to provide 20 copies of their statement at the hearing, for
distribution to the Board, staff, and press. Public hearings are recorded,
televised, and transmitted via webcast.
Additional information about
public hearings may be found in the Board of Education Handbook
Do I Sign-Up to Make a Public Comment?
The Board accepts public comment sign-ups online!
In order to ensure continued public participation during
this unprecedented times, the Board of Education, is now accepting pre-recorded video and audio public testimony, in addition to written testimony. Video and audio
testimony must adhere to the same expectation for in-person presentations.
The form to sign-up to provide
public comment at the next Board of Education Business meeting can be found here. The form is generally available from 9 a.m. the Wednesday before the meeting until 12:00 noon on the Friday prior to the scheduled Board
meeting, unless notified otherwise. Please note that given the current public health crisis, in person public comments are suspended until further notice. The Board continues to receive written public comments for their consideration. Thank you for your understanding.
most business meetings, 30 minutes are set aside for Public Comments from residents
to encourage public participation. The first fifteen (15) speakers who register
online, will be granted three (3) minutes each to speak as follows:
The Board will reserve ten (10) of the fifteen (15) slots for
public comments for speakers who wish to comment on issues that are on the
agenda for that day’s Board meeting. The other five (5) slots will be reserved
for speakers who wish to comment on other issues that are not specifically on
the agenda. Unallocated slots may be filled—first come, first served—on the
day of the meeting by signing the appropriate sheet at the Board meeting no
later than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time for Public Comments.
is not the proper avenue to address specific student or employee matters,
especially those matters on appeal to the Board. Comments about the actions or
statements of individual staff members are not appropriate for Public Comments
and should be referred to the Superintendent of Schools or processed through
advance of the meeting, please email the testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the meeting during which
you will be testifying.
Individuals and groups may send written comments to the Board. Correspondence sent to the Board president will be copied to all Board members.
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Email communications to Board of Education members should be addressed to email@example.com. All Board members will receive the message.