board meetings are held in public under the open meeting law for the
purpose of conducting the business of the schools. The public is
encouraged to attend and observe regular board meetings or various
committee meetings as posted in the District Office. On occasion, and
only in accordance with state statutes, closed sessions may be held for
reasons described in Board Policy 205.
1. What is on the agenda?
Board meetings operate under the Robert’s Rules of Order. Copies of
the agenda are available at the meeting for your review. Standard agenda
items include the chair’s call to order and Pledge of Allegiance. Other
items include: Agenda changes or additions, approval of the consent
agenda, public participation (see Number 2 below), Good Things
Happening, various reports and discussion or action on agenda items.
2. Can a community member participate in the meeting?
comments and requests are allowed at the board meeting under the Public
Participation section of the agenda. Comments from the public are not
permitted during any other time during the meeting. To address the
school board, fill out a Participation Card and give it to the board
chair before the start of the meeting. The board chair will call on you
at the appropriate time. The school board reserves the right to limit
discussion time, and may request one person serve as the spokesperson
when a group is making a presentation. People speaking are asked to
state their name for the record. The board’s role is to listen to your
concerns and will not necessarily take action on the issue at the
Personal attacks by anyone addressing the school board
are unacceptable. Persistence in such remarks by an individual shall
terminate that person’s privilege to address the school board. The
school board shall promptly rule out of order any discussion by any
person that would violate the provisions of state or federal law or the
statutory rights of privacy of an individual.
3. How should complaints be handled?
issues or complaints should first be directed to the staff member most
directly involved. If not satisfied, continue to seek help through the
building principal, supervisor, or finally, the superintendent. The
board will address complaints if no solution has been reached through
these channels first.