903.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN BOARD MEETINGS - Pg.

903.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN BOARD MEETINGS

1.        Purpose

        65 P.S. 701 et seq

The Board recognizes the value to school governance of public comment on educational issues and the importance of involving members of the public in Board meetings. The Board also recognizes its responsibility for proper governance of the District and the need to conduct its business in an orderly and efficient manner.

2.        Authority

        65 P.S. 710

The Board shall establish guidelines to govern public participation in Board meetings necessary to conduct its meeting and to maintain order.

        65 P.S. 710.1

To permit fair and orderly expression of public comment, the Board shall provide a period during each meeting which visitors may make formal presentations. Such presentations shall be scheduled in advance by contacting the Superintendent.

The Board also will allow individuals to express an opinion prior to Board action on agenda items.

The Board reserves the right to place a time limit on discussion.

        65 P.S. 710.1

If the Board determines there is not sufficient time at a meeting for public comments, the comment period may be deferred to the next regular meeting or to a special meeting occurring before the next regular meeting.

3.        Delegation of         Responsibility

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The presiding officer at each public Board meeting shall follow Board policy for the conduct of public meetings. Where his/her ruling is disputed, it may be overruled by a majority of those Board members present and voting.

4.        Guidelines

Whenever issues identified by the participant are subject to remediation under policies and procedures of the Board, they shall be dealt with in accordance with those policies and procedures and the organizational structure of the District.

The Board requires that public participants be:

  1. Residents or taxpayers of this District.


  1. Any representative of a firm eligible to bid on materials or services solicited by the Board.

  1. Any District employee.

Individuals wishing to be heard by the Board should complete the yellow card "Welcome to the Meeting of the Governor Mifflin Board of Education" and place it on the table provided. Individuals will be recognized by the Board President when the agenda item is discussed. After identifying themselves, speakers will make comments within a three-minute time limit.

All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer; no participant may address or question Board members individually.

Groups of individuals shall be encouraged to choose a spokesperson to address the Board.

Personal public attacks or derogatory or degrading comments about employees, officers, taxpayers or Board members by anyone including Board members shall be prohibited.

Although public comment on personal and personnel issues is prohibited, persons desiring to discuss the conduct of employees, Board members, or citizens will be afforded the opportunity to meet in executive session with the Board.

The presiding officer may:

  1. Interrupt or terminate a participant's statement when the statement is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant.

  1. Request any individual to leave the meeting when that person does not observe reasonable decorum.

  1. Request the assistance of law enforcement officers to remove a disorderly person when his/her conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting.

  1. Call a recess or adjourn to another time when the lack of public decorum interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting.

Electronic recording devices and cameras, in addition to those used as official recording devices, shall be permitted at public meetings under guidelines established by the Board.

No placards or banners will be permitted within the meeting room.

The meeting agenda and all pertinent documents shall be available to the press and public at the meetings.

PA Statute

65 P.S.

701 et seq

Board Policy

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