School Board Policy for Public Participation

To permit fair and orderly public expression, the Board shall provide a period for public participation at every regular meeting of the Board during the public section of the meeting and publish rules to govern such participation in Board meetings. The presiding officer of each Board meeting at which public participation is permitted shall administer the rules of the Board for its conduct.


Public participation shall be permitted at the discretion of the presiding officer.


Anyone having a legitimate interest in the actions of the Board may participate during the public portion of a meeting.


Participants must be recognized by the presiding officer and must preface their comments by an announcement of their name, address or group affiliation, if and when appropriate.


Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to three (3) minutes duration.


No participant may speak more than once on the same topic unless all others who wish to speak on that topic have been heard.


Participants shall direct all comments to the Board and not to staff or other participants


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


The presiding officer may:


interrupt, warn, or terminate a participant's statement when the statement is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant;


request any individual to leave the meeting when that person does not observe reasonable decorum;


request the assistance of law enforcement officers in the removal of a disorderly person when that person's conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting;


call for a recess or an adjournment to another time when the lack of public decorum so interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting as to warrant such action;


waive these rules with the approval of the Board when necessary for the protection of privacy or the administration of the Board's business.


The portion of the meeting during which the participation of the public is invited shall be limited to twenty (20) minutes, however this may be extended at the discretion of the presiding officer.
M.C.L.A. 15.263(4)(5)(6), 380.1808

Adopted: 8/12/98

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