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Participate in a Board of Education Meeting

Those wishing to speak to the Board may do so at regular business meetings. Public Comment sign up is available online and on the Public Comment agenda items at 10 a.m. the Monday prior to the regular Thursday meeting and until 3:30 p.m. the day of the meeting. Sign up is also available in the Board office Monday-Wednesday until 5 p.m. and Thursday until 3:30 p.m. for those without access to the internet.

If you sign up to address a specific agenda item, the Board president will give you an opportunity to speak during part one public comment, or part two public comment if your topic is unrelated to the meeting's agenda. One hour will be allotted to public comment in the first half of the meeting for that evening's business items.

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 if fewer than 21 individuals sign up. If four or more individuals sign up as a group on the same topic they are allotted 10 minutes to arrange their time in any respectful way the collective individuals decide. If more than 20 individuals sign up to speak to the Board, 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. If more than 31 individuals sign up, a one-minute time limit for individual speakers and three-minutes for groups will be used. 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.

All those who are signed up to speak must accompany the speaker to the front of the Board room. Individuals may sign up only once (as speaker or group member) to address the Board in part one or part two. The Board asks that 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 6:30 p.m. in the regular Board meetings, citizens who have signed up for Public Comment will have the opportunity to have their concerns heard 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 following persons are eligible to address the Board:

  • residents of the district
  • parents of students enrolled in district schools
  • members of the staff
  • individuals who have been requested by the superintendent or Board to present a given subject
  • nonresidents of the district who have previously requested and received the permission of the superintendent or Board

The Jefferson County Board of Education complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need accommodations in connection with a Board of Education meeting, please notify the Board office at 303-982-6801, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting so that necessary arrangements can be made.

Go here to sign-up to speak to the Board.