Public Participation at Board Meetings
The Board of Education welcomes comments from its community. A period for public comment is set aside at each regular Board of Education meeting. In an effort to provide an environment for effective public comment at meetings, the School District of Clayton Board of Education has adopted the following protocols for public comment:
- Any person wishing to address the Board must fill out a Speaker's Card. The card will include the speaker’s name, address, e-mail address and topic they wish to address.
- Speaker cards must be turned in prior to the start of the Board of Education meeting.
- Each speaker may be allotted up to three minutes for the statement. At the discretion of the Board president prior to the beginning of the meeting, the time limit may be changed to accommodate the number of speakers.
- Speakers are not to address the Board concerning specific personnel issues at a meeting. A speaker will be immediately stopped from talking further if they speak about a personnel issue. Such issues should be addressed using the District’s established procedures for sharing concerns about school personnel.
- While the Board does not directly respond to a speaker during public comment, the Board will address speakers in the following manner:
- The Board President may make clarifying remarks at the end of the public comment session to address any misstatements of facts.
- The Board of Education may also send a written follow up to a speaker to respond to their question(s).