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. 


If the pressure of business or other circumstances dictate, the board president may decide to eliminate public participation 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 wishing to address the Board on a certain agenda item should notify the superintendent prior to the board meeting.  Citizens wishing to present petitions to the Board relating to that item 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 should involve areas within the Board’s proper responsibility.  Discussion on unrelated matters is to be discouraged. 


Individuals who have a complaint about employees or students who have complaints shall follow policies 403.05 and 504.01 respectively.  The Board will follow policy 1005.01 in handling public complaints.


Any written or printed materials to be circulated for a meeting of the school board must be submitted to the superintendent by the Wednesday preceding a Monday night meeting.

This material will be transmitted to the members of the Board for their consideration.




Legal Reference:                       Nebraska Statute 84-1408 to 1414


Cross Reference:                      201.07 School Board Liability

                                                403.05 Public Complaints about Employees     




Policy                                                                           COLUMBUS PUBIC SCHOOLS

Adopted:       12-08-03                                                Columbus, Nebraska

Revised:   ___08/11/08__