Any community member or parent that would like to take part in the Public Participation portion (see below) of a board meeting can contact the Administration Office at 330.825.0863. We also welcome you as an attendee at anytime.
Public Participation at Board Meetings
Board of Education recognizes the value to school governance of public comment
on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to
express themselves on school matters of community interest.
person or group wishing to place an item on the agenda shall register their
intent with the Superintendent no later than three (3) days prior to the
meeting and include name and address of the participant; group affiliation, if
and when appropriate; and/or topic to be addressed.
requests shall be subject to the approval of the Superintendent and the Board
order to permit the fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board
shall provide a period for public participation at every regular meeting of the
Board and publish rules to govern such participation in Board meetings.
presiding officer of each Board meeting at which public participation is
permitted shall administer the rules of the Board for its conduct.
following rules will apply at all regular and special meetings of the Board:
A. Individuals may voice their concerns as
indicated on the Board Agenda.
B. A person speaking will have a maximum time of
three (3) minutes.
C. Any person may request to be placed on the agenda if more than three (3) minutes are needed by contacting the Administration Office not later than noon of the Thursday before the regularly scheduled meeting. The maximum time allocated will be five (5) minutes.
D. Once the agenda has been started by the
Board, no one will be permitted to speak unless recognized by the presiding
E. Participants must be recognized by the
presiding officer and will be requested to preface their comments by an announcement
of their name, and/or group affiliation, if and when appropriate.
F. No participant may speak more than once on
the same topic unless all others who wish to speak on that topic have been
G. All statements shall be directed to the presiding
officer; no person may address or question Board members individually.
H. The presiding officer may:
1. interrupt, warn, or terminate a participant’s
statement when the statement is too
lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant;
2. request any individual to leave the meeting
when that person does not observe reasonable decorum;
3. 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;
4. 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;
5. waive these rules with the approval of the
Board when necessary for the protection of privacy or the administration of the
I. The portion of the meeting during which the
participation of the public is invited shall be limited to thirty (30), unless
extended by a vote of the Board.