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Policy No. 1430
The Board of Directors

The board recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of involving members of the public in its meetings. In order to permit fair and orderly expression of such comment, the board provides a period at the beginning of each regularly scheduled business meeting.

The board will also allow individuals to express an opinion prior to board action on agenda items that the board determines require or will benefit from public comment. Written and oral comment may be accepted by the board before the adoption or amendment of policies not expressly or by implication authorized by state or federal law, but which will promote the education of kindergarten through twelfth-grade students in public schools or will promote the effective, efficient or safe management and operation of the district. Individuals wishing to be heard by the board will first be recognized by the president.

Individuals, having completed a card and been called by the Secretary of the Board, will proceed to make comments within the time limits established by the board. Any representative of a firm eligible to bid on materials or services solicited by the board will also be entitled to express an opinion. The president may interrupt or terminate an individual’s statement when it is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant. The board as a whole has the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings.

Individuals with disabilities who may need a modification to participate in a meeting should contact the superintendent’s office no later than three days before a regular meeting and as soon as possible in advance of a special meeting so that arrangements for the modification can be made.

Legal References:

  • RCW 42.30.030 Meetings declared open and public
  • RCW 42.30.050 Interruptions—Procedures
  • 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101-12213 Americans with Disabilities Act

Adoption Date: 7/1/70
Revised: 3/11/99; 3/8/12, 1/10/13

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