PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN BOARD MEETINGS
The board recognizes the importance of citizen participation in school district matters. In order to assure citizens are heard and board meetings are conducted efficiently and in an organized manner, the board shall set time aside for citizen participation, either at a specific time during the meeting or during the discussion of agenda items. The board has the discretion to limit the amount of time set aside for public participation. Speakers shall be limited to five (5) minutes each and a total of 20 minutes speaking time unless such limitation is waived by the board.
If the pressure of business or other circumstances dictate, the board president may decide to eliminate this practice at a particular meeting. The board president will recognize these individuals to make their comments at the appropriate time. The orderly process of the board meeting shall not be interfered with or disrupted. Only those speakers recognized by the board president shall be allowed to speak. Comments by others are out of order. If disruptive, the individual making the comments or another individual causing disruption may be asked to leave the board meeting.
Citizens who wish to present any matter of concern to the schools shall make a written request to the superintendent at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. The Board may, in case of emergency and by a majority vote of the quorum present, give visitors who have not presented a written request an opportunity to present problems to the board when in the best interests of the meeting, under time limitations as determined by the board. Citizens wishing to present petitions to the board may do so at this time. However, the board will only receive the petitions and not act upon them or their contents.
Subjects for comment by citizens should involve areas within the board’s proper responsibility. Discussion on unrelated matters is to be discouraged.
Board members confronted individually by public complaints shall withhold an expression of opinion or commitment until the matter has been presented to the board as a unit. A member shall not obligate other members of the board by predicting how he will vote on any issue.
Individuals who have a complaint about employees may bring their complaint to the board only after they have followed board policy addressing citizens’ complaints. Students who have a complaint may only bring their complaint to the board after they have followed board policy addressing students’ complaints.
This material will be transmitted to the members of the board for their consideration.
Approved ______________ Reviewed: 4/10/2017 Revised ________________
Legal Reference: Nebraska Statute 84-1408 to 1414
Cross Reference: 201.07 Board Member Liability
403.05 Public Complaints about Employees