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The board 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 citizen participation,  either at a specific  time during the meeting  or during the discussion  of agenda  items.  Citizens  wishing  to address  the board on a certain agenda item must notify the superintendent  prior to the board meeting.   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.

If the pressure  of business  or other circumstances  dictate, the board president  may decide to eliminate  this practice.   The board president  will recognize  these individuals  to make their comments  at the appropriate time.  The orderly process  of the board meeting  shall not be interfered  with or disrupted.   Only those speakers  recognized  by the board president  shall be allowed  to speak.  Comments  by others are out of order.  If disruptive,  the individual  making  the comments  or another  individual  causing  disruption may be asked to leave the board meeting.

Individuals  who have a complaint  about employees  may bring their complaint  to the board only after they have followed  board policy addressing  citizens'  complaints.   Students  who have a complaint  may only bring their complaint  to the board after they have followed  board policy addressing  students'  complaints.




Legal Reference:           

     Iowa Code ßß 21; 22; 279.8 (1995).


Cross Reference:                       

     205      Board Member  Liability

     210.8   Board Meeting  Agenda

     214      Public Hearings

     402.5   Public Complaints  About Employees


Approved:  10/14/96                                          Reviewed:       9/18/2017                                           Revised: