School Board Policy 207 -
Adopted: November 13, 1995
Revised: December 13, 2010
revised: July 13, 2020
Revised: July 10, 2023
The School Board recognizes the importance of obtaining public input on matters properly before the School Board during a public hearing. The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures to efficiently receive public input.
II. General Statement of Policy
For the School Board to efficiently receive public input on matters properly before the School Board, the School Board establishes the procedures set forth in this policy.
A. Public Hearings
B. Notice of Public Hearings
C. Public Participation
1. Format of Request: If required by the School Board, a written request of an individual or a group to address the School Board shall contain the name and address of the person or group seeking to address the School Board. It shall also contain the name of the group represented, if any, and a brief statement of the subject to be covered or the issue to be addressed.
2. Time Limitation: The School Board retains the discretion to limit the time for each presentation as needs dictate.
3. Groups: The School Board retains the discretion to require that any group of persons who desire to address the School Board designate one representative or spokesperson. If the School Board requires designation of a representative or spokesperson, no other person in the group will be recognized to address the School Board, except as the School Board determines.
4. Privilege to Speak: A School Board member should direct remarks or questions through the Chair. Only those speakers recognized by the Chair will be allowed to speak. Comments by others are out of order. Individuals who interfere with or interrupt speakers, the School Board, or the proceedings may be directed to leave.
5. Personal Attacks: Personal attacks by anyone addressing the School Board are unacceptable. Persistence in such remarks by an individual shall terminate that person's privilege to address the School Board.
6. Limitations on Participation: Depending upon the number of persons in attendance seeking to be heard, the School Board reserves the right to impose such other limitations and restrictions as necessary to provide an orderly, efficient and fair opportunity to be heard.
Minn. Stat. § 123A.15 (Establishing Education Districts)
Minn. Stat. § 123A.30 (Agreements for Secondary Education)
Minn. Stat. § 123B.51 (School Closings)
WBLASB Policy 206 (Public Participation in School Board Meetings/Complaints about Persons at School Board Meetings and Data Privacy Considerations)