𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲.
This form will be open 3 hours before the scheduled meeting and close 1 hour before the meeting. Below is information about how Public Comment will be done for this Virtual Board Meeting.
Montana law recognizes the right of the public to make comments at a board meeting. This right stems from our constitutional provisions concerning the public’s right to participate in government: “No person shall be deprived of the right to examine documents or to observe the deliberations of all public bodies or agencies of state government and its subdivisions, except in cases in which the demand of individual privacy clearly exceeds the merits of public disclosure.” Article II, Sections 8 and 9. The GUSB recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of listening to members of the public in its meetings. The GUSB encourages members of the public to participate in and express opinions about issues important to the District.
Public Comment is not a time for questions to the board. If a question is asked during public comment, the board will not answer. If you have questions, we ask that you write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and someone will get back to you within 48 hours.
𝗣𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗱 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗺𝗲𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴:
The public will have a chance to address the board on any public matter on the agenda or any “public matter that is not on the agenda of the meeting and that is within the jurisdiction of the school district conducting the meeting.” The board may not take action on any matter discussed unless notice is included on an agenda and public has been properly notified on the matter. The board is not required to respond or participate in a give and take discussion or debate during public comment and the board chair has complete and final authority to govern the general comment period.
𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐑𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬:
We ask that all public comments follow the following ground rules. Any comment that does not follow these rules may be deemed out of order and not allowed to be made.
𝘽𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘽𝙤𝙖𝙧𝙙 - The Board has the constitutional authority to supervise the District. All Trustees are operating in good faith and each Trustee is doing what each believes to be in the District’s best interest.
𝘾𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙪𝙡𝙚 - Please make sure all comments are civil in nature. Uncivil conduct will not be tolerated.
𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚/𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙙 𝙡𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙩 - Each person wanting to make a public comment can address the board once and will have a two-minute time limit. If the public meeting is virtual, each person will have a 500 word limit.
𝙍𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙫𝙖𝙘𝙮 - Comments need to be made in a way to protect the rights of privacy of others. Comments will be called out of order when these rights of privacy are violated.
𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐕𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭:
If you wish to address the Board of Trustees, please fill out this form. This form will open 3 hours before the meeting and close 1 hour before the meeting (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on a regularly scheduled board meeting). Submissions require a full name and home address in order to be submitted for the record and are limited to a 500 word count. Submissions will be screened and read verbally during the public comment section of the meeting.