2480 – Public Participation At Board Meetings

Regular, special, and emergency meetings of the Grand Island Public Schools Board of Education shall be open to the public. Board meetings are held for the purpose of conducting official business of the school district. As such, Board meetings are not public forums but are meetings held in public.

The public shall have a right to attend and the right to speak at meetings of the Board of Education, and all or any part of the meeting may be recorded by any person in attendance by means of a tape recorder or any other means of sonic reproduction or in writing. The Board of Education reserves the right to make and enforce reasonable rules and regulations regarding the conduct of persons attending its meetings and regarding their privilege to speak. The Board of Education is not required by law to allow citizens to speak at each meeting, nor may it forbid public participation at all meetings.

A public comment period will be scheduled at each regular business and special meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education. At special meetings, public comment will be allowed on action items only. Individuals desiring to comment on Board-related matters should fill out a request form prior to the “Request To Address the Board” agenda item.

The Board president shall be responsible for recognizing all speakers, who shall properly identify themselves, and for maintaining proper order and obtaining adherence to any time limit set.

Speakers will not be permitted to make defamatory comments or use abusive or vulgar language. Complaints about school personnel are to be discouraged at public meetings. Such complaints should be addressed to proper administrative authority.

The President of the Board, as presiding officer, shall insure orderly and timely progression of the public meeting and as such may set time limits on public discussion. The President has the prerogative to discontinue any presentation that violates any of the public participation guidelines. At the discretion of the President, proceedings may be suspended and/or the offending individual(s) may be removed.

Comments and questions at a regular meeting may deal with any topic related to the Board's conduct of the schools. Comments at special meetings must be related to the call of the meeting. Members of the public should not expect an immediate response to issues raised. Questions requiring investigation shall be referred to the Board or administrative staff for consideration and possible response.

Legal Reference: Ne. Rev. Stat. 84-1412

Policy Adopted 3/1/76
Policy Revised 9/9/91
Policy Revised 3-1-99
Policy Revised: 02.08.2018