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Keeneyville School District 20 School Board Policy 2.230

Public Participation at School Board Meetings and Petitions to the Board

A goal of the District is to maintain open, two-way communication with the public and increase community participation in District activities, including Board meetings.

A portion of each regularly-scheduled and special open Board meetings will be reserved for citizen and community input. However, while meetings of the Board are held in public, active public participation during the course of the meeting is not allowed. Public comments and/or questions should be addressed only during the public participation segment of the meeting or when solicited by the Board President.

Any individual or group that wishes to be placed on the Board Meeting Agenda should first contact the Superintendent or the Board President at least a week before the meeting. Individuals and groups addressing the Board must be willing to limit the length of their remarks as requested by the Board.

Individuals appearing before the Board are expected to follow these guidelines:

  1. Address the Board only at the appropriate time as indicated on the agenda and when recognized by the Board President.
  2. Identify him or herself and be brief. Ordinarily, such comments shall be limited to 5 minutes. In unusual circumstances, and when the person has given advance notice of the need to speak for a longer period of time, such person may be allowed to speak for more than 5 minutes.
  3. The Board President may deny a person the opportunity to speak for more than 5 minutes. The President may also deny such opportunity to a person who has previously addressed the Board on the same subject.
  4. The Board President shall have the authority to determine procedural matters regarding public participation not otherwise defined in School Board policy.

Persons addressing the Board should at all times recognize that public business is being conducted and that the privilege to comment or ask questions of the Board includes the obligation to do so with civility and with proper respect for others present, including members of the Board, the Administration and staff.

Comments or questions should be addressed to policy, procedures and/or practice of the District. Criticism or complaints directed personally at employees of the District should be handled directly with the employee, his immediate supervisor or the Superintendent of schools. Issues that are not finalized through the administrative process can be referred to the Board for further consideration. Discussion will be held in either open or closed session as appropriate.

The Board President or any member sitting in his stead has the right to determine procedural matters of all Board meetings and to enforce the provisions of this policy through appropriate orders.

Petitions or written correspondence to the Board shall be presented to the School Board at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.

LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/10-6 and 5/10-16.

CROSS REF.: 2.220

Adopted: May 8, 1997
Reviewed: November 14, 2002
Revised: October 28, 2010
Revised: March 27, 2014