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213 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN BOARD MEETINGS

The Wapello Board of Directors recognizes the importance of citizen participation in school district matters. In order to assure citizens are heard and Board meetings are conducted efficiently and in an organized manner, the Board shall set time aside for public comment.

Citizens wishing to address the Board during public comment must notify the board secretary prior to the Board meeting. The board president will recognize these individuals to make their comments at the appropriate time during public comment.  Citizens wishing to present petitions to the Board may do so at this time. However, the Board will only receive the petitions and not act upon them or their contents.

The Board has the discretion to limit the amount of time set aside for public participation.  Public comment is a time set aside for community input, but the board will not discuss or take any action on any matter during public comment.

A public comment shall be limited to regular board meetings and will not be routinely held during special board meetings.

The board has a significant interest in maintaining the decorum of its meetings, and it is expected that members of the public and the board will address each other with civility.  The orderly process of the board meeting will not be interfered with or disrupted by public comment.  Only individuals recognized by the board president will be allowed to speak.  Comments by others are out of order.  If disruptive, the individual causing disruption may be asked to leave the board meeting.  Defamatory comments may be subject to legal action.

 

Legal Reference:  Iowa Code 21; 22; 279.8

Cross Reference:  205  Board Member Liability

                               210.8 Board Meeting Agenda

                               214 Public Hearings

                               307 Communication Channels

                               401.4  Employee Complaints

                               502.4  Student Complaints and Grievances

Approved: 07/18/1995

Reviewed: 03/11/2004; 11/9/11; 10/14/15

Revised: 7/13/2006