PROTOCOLS FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT BOARD MEETINGS
Nuview Union SD Board Meeting Protocols
Members of the public will be expected to adhere to the following guidelines at Board meetings:
- Respectful communication at all times. All members of the public attending school Board meetings must treat each other, staff members, and the Board with respect. We want to demonstrate decency, respect, courtesy, and politeness at all times. We want to believe the best about each other and give others the benefit of the doubt.
- Courteous behavior. Individuals are not permitted to engage in conduct that interferes with the ability of other citizens to watch the Board meetings, interferes with the ability of other citizens to offer citizen comments to the Board, or interferes with the ability of the Board to conduct its business.
- Showing signs and placards. Those wishing to display placards, signs and/or banners must remain in the auditorium foyer behind the seating area, and may not block any attendee’s view of the proceedings. Placards, signs, and banners are not allowed in the auditorium seating area. Placards, signs, and banners may not have wooden or metal sticks or poles attached to them.
- Speaking at Board meetings. Members of the public who intend to offer public comment to the Board should submit the public comment sign up form before the start of each Board meeting. The Board chair has discretion to call on those who have signed up and set the order of speakers (District students should identify themselves as such on the citizen comment sign-in sheet and they will be called upon first). Individuals offering citizen comment must stand at the podium designated for their use and must speak into the microphone. Prior to beginning any testimony, individuals should state their name for the record.
- Limit comments to three minutes. Each citizen must limit his or her comments to three minutes to allow sufficient time for others to also offer their comment. The Board has the discretion to limit the overall time for public comment. The Board shall limit the total time for public input on each item to 20 minutes. With Board consent, the President may increase or decrease the time allowed for public comments, depending on the topic and the number of persons wishing to be heard. The President may take a poll of speakers for or against a particular issue and may ask that additional persons speak only if they have something new to add.