Series 100:  Board Operations
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    January 24, 2018
    The School Board encourages members of the public to attend its meetings so that they may become better acquainted with the operations and programs of the schools and so that the Board may have an opportunity to hear the views and concerns of the public regarding educational issues.
    A period for public comment shall be scheduled at the beginning of each regular and special Board meeting.  Public comment may be scheduled for special board and committee meetings.
    Comments during the period for public comment at regular monthly Board meetings may address any topic related to District operations and programs. The Board shall listen to speakers’ views and concerns but shall not act on any matter that was not specifically included in the public notice of the meeting. During the public comment period, the Board shall not consider or discuss complaints or grievances regarding individual staff members or individual students. Any person who wishes to raise or pursue any such complaint or grievance is encouraged to submit the matter to the staff member’s supervisor, to the appropriate building principal, or as a formal complaint in accordance with the District’s established complaint procedures.
    Comments during the period for public comment at special Board meetings and Board committee meetings shall relate only to specific items included on the meeting agenda, except as otherwise specifically directed or authorized in advance by the Board.
    The Board President or committee chair shall recognize all speakers. Each person when called upon will give their name and address and the name of any group they represent. Speakers shall be as brief as possible and only speak once during the period for public comment. Unless additional time is granted, a speaker shall limit his/her presentation to three (3) minutes.
    Outside of the scheduled public comment period, and provided that no person was denied the opportunity to address the Board or a committee on another topic during the scheduled public comment period due to time constraints, the presiding officer of the meeting may permit additional audience comments on an agenda item at the point the item is reached during the course of the meeting. Permission for members of the audience to further address the Board or a committee during the course of a meeting in this manner shall be denied if the presiding officer determines that there is not an efficient and equitable way to handle audience interest in addressing an agenda item at that meeting.
    The Board President or committee chair may terminate the remarks of any individual who does not adhere to established rules for public participation at Board and committee meetings, who speaks in a threatening or profane manner, or whose conduct is disruptive and impedes the Board’s or committee’s ability to conduct its business in an orderly and timely fashion.
    Legal References
    Wisconsin Statutes
    [state policy on open meetings]
    [discussion during period of public comment]
    [public notice of board meetings, including public comment period]
    [exemptions to open meetings]