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PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT BOARD MEETINGS

 

 

It is the policy of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board to conduct all meetings in full view of and with welcomed participation by the public.  However, the Board reserves the right to recess into or call executive sessions for discussing private matters as provided by state law.  At no time shall actions be taken or resolutions made during executive sessions.

 

All delegations or individuals who wish to appear before the Board shall submit their requests to the Superintendent, in writing, at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting date, stating what matters they wish to take up with the Board and the approximate time length of their presentation.  Each delegation appearing before the Board shall select one (1) person in advance as its spokesperson.

 

The president of the Board may recognize persons at the Board meetings for the purpose of introducing such persons.  However, a person is not entitled to take up business before the Board unless the item in which he/she is interested has been placed on the agenda of that meeting.  The president shall have the authority to remove any person disrupting or interfering in any manner with the conduction of a meeting of the Board.

 

GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

A public comment period shall be held before any vote is taken on an agenda item.  The comment period shall precede each agenda item.  The following guidelines are designed to facilitate and support the public use of proper channels of communication and allow orderly public access to participation at Board meetings.  The President of the Board can limit discussion on any issue.

 

  1. Any individual desiring to speak shall give his/her name, address, and the group, if any, that is being represented.
     

  2. Comments are to be directly related to the agenda item and should be as brief as possible.
     

  3. Anyone addressing the Board must come to the podium to speak or they will not be recognized.

 

In the event that the Board should add an item to its agenda after the Board meeting begins, the Board President shall orally request of the audience whether anyone in attendance would like to speak on the added agenda item.  Each person indicating a desire to do so shall be given an opportunity to address the Board on each agenda item added.  The Board shall delay deliberations on that agenda item until such time as all interested members of the public have had an opportunity to speak.

 

Revised:  August, 1997

Revised:  September, 2008

Adopted:  October 23, 2008

 

 

Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:81, 42:14, 42:15, 42:16, 42:23

Board minutes, 9-26-96, 10-23-08

 

Pointe Coupee Parish School Board