Given the circumstances surrounding the location change, the Board wanted to outline the rules and processes for public participation.
The Valdosta Board of Education represents the citizens of Valdosta. Board meetings are open to the public. The Board confirms the right and desirability of members of the public expressing their points of view to the Board. Delegations or individuals who wish to speak at Board meetings are subject to the regulations below.
CHAIN OF COMMAND
- Matters concerning an individual school shall be discussed first with the teachers.
- If the problem cannot be resolved with the teacher, the matter or concern should be discussed with the administration of the school.
- If the problem cannot be resolved at the school level, it shall then be brought to the superintendent or his designee.
- If the problem cannot be resolved with the superintendent of schools, it may then be brought to the Board of Education.
REGULATIONS FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
- Thirty minutes will be set aside at Board of Education meetings for public comment. This time limit may be increased at the board's discretion.
- Persons who wish to speak at a meeting must sign in prior to the meeting, stating name and topic of discussion.
- The following rules for addressing the Board of Education shall apply:
- Up to two (2) persons may speak on each side of an issue.
- Each speaker shall be limited to five (5) minutes.
- Personnel issues shan not be discussed in open meetings, except as provided for by Federal, State and local law and policy. References to an employee must be made using the terms teacher, administrator or employee.
- Persons who refuse to follow accepted rules of conduct may be removed from the meeting.
- Persons speaking must address the Board of Education rather than the audience.