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213 Public Participation in Board Meetings

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 will set time aside for citizen participation, either at a specific time during the meeting called (Public Forum) at East Union Community Schools, or during the discussion of agenda items.


Citizens wishing to address the board on a certain agenda item or during Public Forum must notify the Board Secretary prior to the board meeting.  The Board President will recognize those individuals to make those comments at the appropriate time. 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.  Normally, speakers will be limited to three minutes each.  Public Forum shall be limited to regular board meetings and will not be routinely held during special board meetings.  The board will not discuss or take any action on any matter raised during Public Forum. 


If the pressure of business or other circumstances dictate, the board president may decide to eliminate this practice. The orderly process of the board meeting will not be interfered with or disrupted. Only those speakers recognized by the board president will 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. 


Legal Reference:     Iowa Code §§ 21; 22; 279.8 (2001).


Cross Reference:    205 Board Member Liability

                              210.8 Board Meeting Agenda

                              214 Public Hearings

                              307 Communication Channels

                              401.4 Employee Complaints

                              402.5 Public Complaints About Employees

                              502.4 Student Complaints and Grievances


Approved 11-18-02 Reviewed 5-16-05, 2-20-06, 4-18-11, 05-18-15     Revised  7-22-19