All regular and special board meetings shall be open to the public, except for executive sessions, which may be convened as allowed by law. Since the Board wishes to be aware of the problems, requests, complaints and suggestions of members of the community, the Board welcomes participation of interested organizations or individuals and for that purpose will allow time on the agenda.
Citizens who wish to be placed on the Board agenda shall contact the superintendent at least four (4) days prior to the meeting. This procedure will allow the Board an opportunity to become informed about citizen concerns before the meeting convenes.
The Board may also allow patrons or delegations to speak before the Board without prior notice, but it is the policy of the Board not to take action without an opportunity to investigate all sides of a question.
Any person wishing to speak before the Board must be recognized by the chairman. The chairman may limit the time of any presentation. If there are groups that wish to speak, the chairman may select or call a representative of each side of an issue to speak for the group. The chairman may limit the total time to be spent on comments from visitors and may impose such reasonable regulations as may be necessary to maintain orderly deliberations. Members of the Board, the superintendent and other administrators shall have the privilege of questioning any person who addresses the Board.
It must be borne in mind that Board meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the business of the schools; they are not public hearings, but meetings held in public. Therefore, the Board shall not allow public participation to interfere with its diligent attention to the affairs of the district as stated on the meeting agenda.
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