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Request to Address the CVSD School Board

Request to Address the School Board  

Welcome to the School Board meeting. Please complete the following information to speak at the upcoming board meeting.

Your comments are limited to three (3) minutes for in-person comment. By adhering to this time frame, you are respecting the rights of others in the audience to address the board in the time allowed. Public Comment will be strictly limited to no more than thirty (30) cumulative minutes.

All Public Comment is subject to the Public Records Act, RCW 42.56.

Providing Public Comment

The CVSD Board of Directors recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of members of the public attending its meetings. Public Comment provides an opportunity for constituents to address the Board.

Public comment allows the Board and Superintendent to hear issues that interest our community. However, it is NOT a dialogue between the speaker, Board, or Superintendent. The Board and Superintendent do not engage nor interact with speakers, as per public meeting protocols.

In order to permit fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board will provide a period near the beginning of each regular School Board meeting for hearing groups and individuals.

How to Address the Board:

  • If you desire to speak, you will give your name, address, and the group you represent, if any, using the Request to Address the School Board, available at the meeting. This will allow the Board President to introduce you to the other Board members and allow the recording secretary to add your name and information to the official minutes.
  • If you have any handouts or materials for the Board, please submit those items with your Request to Address the School Board. Members of the public should not approach the dais. The Board will not review handouts during the Public Comment period.
  • The Board President will first recognize you before you speak. Then, you will identify yourself and proceed to make comments within the time limits established by the Board.
  • As you share your remarks, please address the Board. Do not turn and speak to the audience.
  • Speakers will be limited to up to three (3) minutes, unless an extension of time is granted by the Board President. A timekeeper will track the time.
  • In order to accommodate all public comment and School Board business, Public Comment will be strictly limited to no more than thirty (30) cumulative minutes.
  • The Board President has full discretion over the Public Comment period, including the ability to manage speaking time to allow for additional comments.

Please Note:

  • No inappropriate comments or behavior will be tolerated. Inappropriate behavior is defined as attempting to engage individual Board members in conversation, insults, obscenities or profanity, attacks against any person in their personal capacity, and/or physical violence or threat.
  • The Board President may interrupt or terminate an individual's statement when it is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant.
  • During Public Comment, the Board accepts comment regarding Board action on agenda items that require or will benefit from public comment. Written and oral comment will be accepted by the Board before the adoption or amendment of policies not expressly or by implication authorized by state of federal law, but which will promote the education of kindergarten through twelfth grade students in public schools or will promote the effective, efficient, or safe management and operation of the district.
  • Any representative of a firm eligible to bid on materials or services solicited by the Board will also be entitled to express an opinion.
  • The School Board will not hear public comment that involves a complaint about an individual staff member, a personnel action, a student disciplinary matter, a complaint about an individual student, or pending litigation.
  • Individuals with disabilities who may need a modification to participate in a meeting of the Board, should contact the Superintendent's office at 509-558-5404, no later than three (3) business days before the meeting so that arrangements for the modifications can be made.

All Public Comment is subject to the Public Records Act, RCW 42.56.

If you would like more information on a specific subject, please contact the Communications office at 509-558-5405 or [email protected]. Thank you for your attendance.

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