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213 Public Participation in Board Meetings


Series 200


Policy Title:  Public Participation in Board Meetings                                                                                                                                                                            Code No.  213


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 will set time aside for citizen participation, either at a specific time during the meeting or during the discussion of agenda items.  Citizens wishing to address the board on a certain agenda item must notify the Superintendent prior to the board meeting.  Citizens wishing to present petitions to the Board may do so at this time.  However, the Board will only receive the petitions and not act upon them or their contents.  The Board has the discretion to limit the amount of time set aside for public participation.  District staff members will be asked to follow internal protocol to voice issues, concerns, and complaints.

If the pressure of business or other circumstances dictate, the Board President may decide to eliminate this practice.  The Board President will recognize these individuals to make their comments at the appropriate time.  The orderly process of the board meeting will not be interfered with or disrupted.  Only those speakers recognized by the Board President will be allowed to speak.  Comments will be limited to 5 minutes.  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.

Individuals who have a complaint about employees may bring their complaint to the Board only after they have followed board policy addressing citizens’ complaints.  Students who have a complaint may only bring their complaint to the Board after they have followed board policy addressing students’ complaints


Approved:  December 10, 2002

Reviewed:  August 10, 2015

Revised:  August 10, 2015

Legal Reference:  Iowa Code §§ 21; 22; 279.8 (2013)

Cross Reference:  205 Board Member Liability; 210.8 Board Meeting Agenda; 214 Public Hearings; 307 Communication Channels; 401.4 Employee Complaints; 402.5 Public Complaints About Employees; 502.4 Student Complaints and Grievances