Section 2:230

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May 2022

School Board

Public Participation at School Board Meetings and Petitions to the Board

At each regular and special open meeting, members of the public and District employees may comment to or ask questions of the School Board, subject to reasonable constraints.

The individuals appearing before the Board are expected to follow these guidelines:

  1. Address the Board only at the appropriate time as indicated on the agenda and when recognized by the Board President.
  2. Identify oneself and be brief. Ordinarily, comments shall be limited to 5 minutes. In unusual circumstances, and when an individual has made a request in advance to speak for a longer period of time, the individual may be allowed to speak for more than 5 minutes.
  3. Observe the Board President’s decision to shorten public comment to conserve time and give the maximum number of individuals an opportunity to speak.
  4. Observe the Board President’s decision to determine procedural matters regarding public participation not otherwise covered in Board policy, including possible redirection of topics more appropriately addressed with the administration, e.g., personnel complaints.
  5. Conduct oneself with respect and civility toward others and otherwise abide by Board policy 8:30, Visitors to and Conduct on School Property.

Members of the Board and the administration may make clarifying statements and/or ask clarifying questions, but shall generally refrain from engaging in dialogue.

Petitions or written correspondence to the Board shall be presented to the Board in the next regular Board packet.

LEGAL REFERENCE
  • 5 ILCS 120/2.06.
  • 105 ILCS 5/10-6 and 5/10-16.
CROSS REFERENCE
  • Section 2:220 (School Board Meeting Procedure)
  • Section 8:10 (Connection with the Community)
  • Section 8:30 (Visitors to and Conduct on School Property)
REVIEW HISTORY 1995, 2002, 2017, 2019, September 2022