Participate in a Board of Education Meeting
If you sign up to speak on the Public Comment Roster to address a specific agenda item, the Board president will give you an opportunity to speak during the Public Comment portion of the agenda: Part One Public Comment if your topic is related to an agenda item or Part Two Public Comment if your topic is unrelated to an agenda item on the meeting's agenda.
To manage the Board's and the public's time in the most effective manner and to include as many community voices as possible, there is a three-minute time limit for individual speakers, unless four or more speakers sign up on the same topic. If more than 25 people sign up to speak to the Board under public comment or the budget public hearing, we will limit individual speakers to two minutes and groups to five minutes so that the Board can hear from as many citizens as possible. It is best to plan your presentation in advance, have copies of any written materials to distribute to the Board, and make your presentation as clear and concise as possible. If four or more individuals sign up to speak on the same topic, the Board will hear ten minutes from that group, arranged in any respectful way the collective individuals decide. All those who sign up to speak must accompany the speaker(s) to the front of the Board room. The Board asks that individual remarks address new thoughts or concepts. Remember, it is not the number of people who address the Board that leads to better decision-making, rather the content of your presentation.
The School Board considers public opinion when making future decisions and they or staff will address community concerns as they are brought up in Public Comment at Board meetings. The Board receives citizen input with respect and expects those who address the Board to observe the same courtesy. Individuals who address personalities rather than issues will not be heard.
After 6 p.m. in the regular Board meetings, citizens who have signed up on the Public Comment Roster will have the opportunity to have their concerns addressed by the Board. Since the Board is the policy-making body of the school district, it is most appropriate to address the direction of policy with the Board. Individual concerns are best resolved closest to the situation. Parents are encouraged to contact their local school or central department to handle a specific problem.
The Jefferson County Board of Education complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have a disability and need accommodations in connection with a Board of Education meeting, please notify the Board at 303-982-6801, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting so that necessary arrangements can be made.