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How to Address the Board

How to Address the Board

  • Dress appropriately.
    • No flip-flops, shorts, beach wear, tank tops, or t-shirts. This is a formal business meeting so dress suitably to present yourself and your topic or concern. 
  • Audience Participation
    • Audience participation at a board meeting is limited to the 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 recognized by the presiding officer.
    • Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting shall sign up with the presiding officer or designee before the meeting begins and shall indicate the topic about which they wish to speak.
    • No presentation shall exceed five minutes.
    • Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the board.
  • Board Response to Patrons Addressing the Board
    • Board members will not respond to or enter into discussions with the speakers or the audience during the meeting since items on the agenda will be discussed as appropriate and scheduled on the agenda.
    • Discussions of items not on the agenda are not permitted.
    • Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not discuss or deliberate, or decide regarding any subject that is not included on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting.
    • Public comments may be on items listed on the agenda or other areas of district operations, but shall not include complaints or comments about individual students, employees or officials of the district.  Speakers with specific complaints regarding students or District personnel shall be referred to the appropriate board policy and the grievance process.  Appropriate policies
      • FNG for student or parent complaints
      • DGBA for employee complaints
      • GF for local complaints