FILE:  BCBI

Cf:  BCB, BCBD

Cf:  BCBK

 

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS

 

 

It is the policy of the Bossier Parish School Board to conduct all meetings in full view of and with welcomed participation by the public.  However, the Board reserves the right to recess into or call executive sessions for discussing matters as provided by state law.  During executive sessions, no action shall be taken or resolutions made.

 

REQUEST FOR ITEM TO BE PLACED ON AGENDA

 

All delegations or individuals who wish to appear before the School Board and place an item on the agenda shall submit their written requests to the Superintendent at least seven (7) working days prior to the meeting date, stating what matters they wish to take up with the Board and the approximate time such matters should consume at the meeting.  The Superintendent shall review the item(s) and determine whether such item(s) shall be included on the agenda.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS

 

Before each meeting of the Board, a copy of the agenda for that meeting shall be posted at the meeting place or otherwise conspicuously displayed.  Any person wishing to speak on any of the items listed in the agenda must complete and submit a card containing the name of the person, the name of any organization or group for whom the individual wishes to speak and the specific agenda item about which the person wishes to speak.  A separate card must be completed and submitted for each different agenda item on which the individual would like to address the Board.

 

The comment cards shall be collected and forwarded to the Board President at the beginning of the meeting.  No comment card shall be accepted after the meeting begins.

 

As the Board reaches each item on its agenda, the Board President shall review the submitted cards and call upon those persons indicating a desire to speak on that item.  No individual may speak without first being recognized by the presiding officer.  Each person may speak for not more than three (3) minutes on each item, and may speak only once on each agenda item.  When the individual has been recognized to speak on an agenda item, that individual shall approach the podium.  The individual shall limit his/her comments to matters that are strictly relevant to that agenda item.  The individual shall refrain from asking questions or making requests of the Board or staff.  No accusatory comments or comments relative to the performance of specific employees or potential employees shall be permitted.  The Board shall delay its deliberations on each agenda item until all members of the public who have submitted cards in accordance with this procedure have been given an opportunity to speak.

 

In the event that the Board should add an item to its agenda after the Board meeting begins, the Board President shall orally request of the audience whether anyone in attendance would like to speak on the added agenda item.  Each person indicating a desire to do so shall be given a period not to exceed three (3) minutes to address the Board on each added agenda item.  The Board shall delay deliberations on that agenda item until such time as all interested members of the public have had an opportunity to speak.

 

At the conclusion of all public input on each agenda item, the Board shall deliberate the matter and take such action as it considers appropriate.  There shall be no further public input allowed on each agenda item after the Board has begun its deliberation of that item.

 

Copies of this procedure shall be available for distribution to the public during regular business hours and at meetings of the Board and its committees.

 

 

Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:81, 42:14, 42:15, 42:16, 42:23

 

Bossier Parish School Board