213 - Community-Citizens Input

The Board of Education believes the schools belong to the people they are created to serve. It therefore intends that all reasonable efforts should be exerted to identify the desires of the community and to be responsive through its actions, to those desires. There are two major ways in which the will of the community may influence the development of Board policies:

  1. Board members themselves will remain mindful that they are elected to represent the people of the District.
  1. All citizens of the District are encouraged to express ideas, concerns, and judgments about the schools to the Board Members or Administrators through such means as: (a) written suggestion(s) or proposal(s); (b) presentations at Board Meetings; (c) responses to surveys made through interviews, written instruments, or other means; and (d) service on citizens advisory committees.

In order to assure that persons who wish to appear before the Board may be heard and, at the same time allow the Board to conduct its meeting properly and efficiently, the Board adopts as policy the following procedures and rules pertaining to public participation in Board Meetings.

  1. Anyone wishing to speak before the Board, either as an individual or as a member of a group, should inform the Superintendent of the desire to do so and of the topic to be discussed as early as possible, but at least five (5) days before the meeting. This will permit orderly scheduling of public remarks on the meeting agenda. 
  1. Any individual desiring to speak shall give his or her name, address, and the group, if any, that is represented. Only those speakers recognized by the board president will be allowed to speak. Comments by others are out of order.  If disruptive, the individual causing the disruption may be asked to leave the board meeting.
  1. The presentation should be as brief as possible. Unless an extension of time is granted, a speaker shall be limited to five minutes.
  1. Speakers may offer such objective criticisms of school operations and programs as concern them. In public session, the Board will not hear personal complaints against school personnel nor against any person connected with the school system. Other channels provide for Board consideration and disposition of legitimate complaints involving individuals.

The Board vests in its president or other presiding officer authority to terminate the remarks of any individual when they do not adhere to the rules established above.

Persons appearing before the Board are reminded, as a point of information, that members of the Board are without authority to act independently as individuals in official matters. Thus, questions may be directed to individual   Board members, but answers must be deferred pending consideration by the full Board.

 

 

Legal Reference:        
(Code of Iowa)

Date of Adoption:                 
June 8, 1981

Date of Review:
December 14, 2020