Public Participation at Board MeetingsThe Board of Education welcomes comments from its community. A period for public comment is set aside at the beginning of each regular Board of Education meeting. In an effort to provide an environment for effective public comment at meetings, the School District of Clayton Board of Education has adopted the following protocols for public comment:
- Any person wishing to address the Board must fill out a Speaker's Card. The card will include the speaker’s name, address, e-mail address and topic he/she wishes to address.
- Each speaker shall be allotted up to three minutes for the statement. At the discretion of the Board president prior to the beginning of the meeting, the time limit may be changed to accommodate the number of speakers.
- Speakers are not to address the Board concerning specific personnel issues at a meeting. A speaker will be immediately stopped from talking further if he/she speaks to a personnel issue. Such issues should be addressed using the District’s established procedures for sharing concerns about school personnel and, if necessary, brought to the Board’s attention in private.
- While the Board does not directly respond to a speaker during public comment, the Board will address speakers in the following manner:
- The Board President may make clarifying remarks at the end of the public comment session to address any misstatements of facts.
- The Board of Education may also send a written follow up to a speaker to respond to his/her question(s).