200-206 Public Participation in School Board Meetings


SERIES: 200 School Board
SUBJECT: 206 Public Participation in School Board Meetings

The school board shall encourage discussion by citizens of subjects related to the management of the school district at school board meetings.  Citizens shall have an opportunity to be heard and to have complaints considered by the school board, within the limits of the law and this policy and subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.  The following rules shall be enforced:

  1. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, persons who wish to address the school board shall ask the school board chair for permission to speak.  If granted, there will be time given during the audience participation portion of the meeting.
  2. Presentations, either individual or group, shall be limited to 5 minutes.  The school board will take the comments under advisement and there will be a response at the earliest convenience.
  3. Scheduling time for a follow-up may be arranged by calling the superintendent’s office by 12:00 noon on the Thursday preceding the next school board meeting and asking to be placed on the agenda.  Information on the subject or request should be forwarded prior to the school board meeting.


Among the rights available to the public is the right to access public data as provided by statute.  The school board shall protect the legal rights to privacy and due process of employees and students.

Legal References:
M.S. Ch. 13 (MN Government Data Practices Act)
M.S. 122A.40 Subd. 14 (Teacher Discharge Hearing)
M.S. 121A.47, Subd. 5 (Student Dismissal Hearing)
M.S. Ch. 363 (MN Human Rights Act)
M.S. 13D.05 (Open Meeting Law)
M.S. 626.556 (Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors)
20 U.S.C. 1232 g (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

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