OTTAWA SCHOOL DISTRICT
To address the Board, please notify the Clerk of the Board before the meeting.
The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility for proper governance and therefore the need to conduct its business in an orderly and efficient manner. The board therefore establishes the following procedures to receive input from the public:
1. A period of time shall be set aside during the board meeting for residents of USD 290 to address the board.
2. Individuals who reside in USD 290 and wish to address the board are requested to contact the clerk of the board prior to 12:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting giving name, address, and subject to be addressed or individuals are requested to complete a form provided by the clerk and return the form to the clerk prior to the start of the meeting.
3. The board president shall be responsible for recognizing any speaker, maintaining proper order, and adhering to any time limit set. The president may interrupt or terminate an individual’s statement if it is disruptive, not germane to the business or activities of the board, or in violation of Kansas Statutes regarding meetings or activities of the board.
4. If necessary and this shall be at the discretion of the board president, a time limit shall be set on the length of the public participation period. Unless extended by consent of the board, the period of time for all speakers shall not exceed 30 minutes.
5. Based on the number of speakers, the board president shall set a time limit for individual speakers with no speaker to exceed 5 minutes during the time provided for public participation or at the time a specific agenda item is discussed. At the discretion of the board president, individuals may be recognized while the board conducts its official business.
6. The board president may deny any individual speaking privileges if previous conduct of the individual has indicated that the orderly conduct of a meeting may be threatened by that person’s appearance. The president has the option to stop the proceedings and poll the board to determine if a speaker may continue.
7. During an open session, the board shall not hear personal attacks, or rude or defamatory remarks of any kind about any employee or student of the school district or any person connected with the school district. The board will also not accept public comments containing vulgar or obscene language. Any individual wishing to make a complaint about school personnel shall submit the complaint in writing to the superintendent. If the complaint involves the superintendent it shall be submitted in writing to the president of the board.
For more information, please contact Teri George.