Speaking at a Meeting

 

Community members are invited and encouraged to share their opinions and concerns with the Governing Board. Anyone wishing to address the Board may do so during a presentation period at the beginning of each meeting. If the item of concern is on the agenda, the Board President may ask speakers to address the item when it comes up for discussion. In compliance with Arizona's Open Meeting Law, if the issue of concern is not on the agenda, Board members may listen to comments but may not respond to the speaker or discuss the item among themselves.

 

General criticisms of school operations or programs will be heard, but complaints against specific District staff are not appropriate for a public meeting. Such concerns should be referred to administration. Anyone who wishes to place an item on the agenda should submit a written request to the Superintendent of Schools no less than a week before the meeting at which they wish to appear.

 

Any District resident wishing to address the Board should fill out a "Request to Comment" card available at the information table beside the entrance to the meeting room and present the card to the Board Secretary. At the appropriate time, the Board President will call the names of people requesting permission to speak. The President may prohibit comment from anyone who does not reside in the Flagstaff Unified School District.

 

Speakers should state their names and identify the subject they intend to address, including any relevant information they choose to share such as whether they are a parent and where their children attend school. Remarks should be limited to five minutes if the speaker represents a group and to two minutes if several speakers are addressing the same subject. The President has the authority to permit, limit, or deny comment.

A Governing Board meeting is a meeting conducted in public, which means the audience has a right to hear everything that the Board discusses except those categories of topics authorized to be discussed in executive session. Once the Board closes the period of public comment on a topic, however, the public has no further right to participate in discussion unless invited to do so by the President.

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