Audience participation at a Board Meeting is limited to the public comment portion of the meeting designated for that purpose. At all other times during a Board Meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the presiding officer. When large numbers (five or more) of individuals sign up to address a single topic, the total time allocated will be a maximum of 15 minutes to make a presentation.
At regular meetings of the Board of Trustees a maximum of 30 minutes shall be allotted to hear persons who desire to make comments to the Board. Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting shall sign up 15 minutes prior to the start time of the posted agenda on the day of the Board Meeting at the reception desk located outside the Board room. To validate the registration, the form shall be completed in full by the person wishing to speak.
At 6:45 p.m. (or 15 minutes prior to the start time of the posted agenda), a District representative shall determine who is present to speak. A lottery drawing including all present, registered speakers shall determine the order of presentations. If more than ten persons have registered, the lottery drawing shall also determine who will present. Persons not chosen to speak shall be given the opportunity to present their views to the Board in writing.
No presentation shall exceed three minutes. The Board Secretary shall serve as timekeeper. The number of participants shall be limited to ten.
A registered speaker must personally make his or her presentation during the designated time. Any registered presenter who is absent from the meeting or attempts to allow another person to present for him or her shall forfeit the opportunity to address the Board at that meeting.
Board members may ask questions of presenters to clarify the issues presented. Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not deliberate or decide regarding any subject that is not on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting.
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