Guidelines for Speaking at Board Meetings

  • Sign up 

    Speakers must sign up online. Sign-up starts at 12:00 pm on the day of the meeting, and ends at 5 pm. Speakers must provide name, city and topic.

    Speaking time

    During the public comment session, you may speak for up to three minutes. You will see a yellow light at the podium when you have 30 seconds remaining, then a red light when your time is up. If the public comment portion of the agenda exceeds 30 minutes, the board chair reserves the right to conduct other board business before inviting remaining speakers to the podium.

    Speaking order 

    At regular Board meetings, speakers commenting on items on the night's agenda will be heard before speakers commenting on other topics. All other speakers will be heard in order of sign up.


    Special public hearings 

    Special public hearings will be called for student assignment issues. Members of the public will be allowed to speak for a predetermined amount of time (usually two or three minutes) at public hearings. If the Board formally proposes any change that includes families not affected by the original proposal, then those families will be given an opportunity to speak.

    Discussing personnel concerns 

    Due to confidentiality requirements, a public hearing is an inappropriate forum to discuss personnel issues. Citizens should instead contact the appropriate administrator in writing.

Sign Up to Speak

Sign-up starts at noon. Sign up to speak at a board meeting.