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213 Public Participation in Board Meetings

Code No. 213


The board recognizes the importance of public participation in school district matters. In order to assure individuals are heard and board meetings are conducted efficiently and in an organized manner, the board will set aside a specific time for public comment.

The board president will recognize  individuals to make their comments at the appropriate time during this time. Anyone wishing to present petitions to the board may also do so at this time. The board however, will only receive the petitions and not act upon them or their contents.

The board has the discretion to limit the amount of time set aside for public participation and to request advance notice of a desire to address the Board. The Board Secretary can answer questions from individuals prior to the meeting on the process. Normally, speakers will be limited to three minutes. However, the board president may modify this time limit, if deemed appropriate or necessary. Public comment is a time set aside for community input, but the board will not discuss or take any action on any matter during public comment.

A public comment shall be limited to regular board meetings and will not be routinely held during special board meetings.

The board has a significant interest in maintaining the decorum of its meetings, and it is expected that members of the public and the board will address each other with civility. The orderly process of the board meeting will not be interfered with or disrupted by public comment. Only individuals recognized by the board president will be allowed to speak. Comments by others are out of order. If disruptive, the individual causing disruption may be asked to leave the board meeting. Defamatory comments may be subject to legal action.


NOTE: Members of the public do not have a legal right to participate in board meetings. Boards need to make the determination how best, if at all, to involve the public in their board meetings. Boards that

follow other practices for allowing the public to participate in board meetings should amend this policy

to reflect their practice.


Legal Reference:
Iowa Code §§ 21; 22; 279.8 (2013).

Cross Reference:
205     Board Member Liability
210.8  Board Meeting Agenda
214     Public Hearings
307     Communication Channels
401.4   Employee Complaints
402.5   Public Complaints About Employees
502.4   Student Complaints and Grievances

Approved: 07-09-08

Reviewed: 04-23-14

Revised: 04-27-22