|| COMMUNICATION FROM THE PUBLIC
The Board recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of listening to members of the public in its meetings. The Board also recognizes the statutory and constitutional right of the public to participate in governmental operations. The Board encourages members of the public to participate in and express opinions about issues important to the District. This part of the Board’s meeting is dedicated to public comment on any public matter that is not on the agenda of this meeting and is within the jurisdiction of the Board of Trustees. Members of the public may also address particular items on this agenda either now or at the time the Board considers the particular item.
Please note that pursuant to Board policy the Chair may direct public commentary to ensure an orderly progression of the meeting. This direction may include setting a time limit for public commentary on any particular item. The Chair may also interrupt or terminate an individual’s statements when necessary, including when statements are out of order, too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant. The Board as a whole shall have the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings by the Chair.
When virtual meetings are held, we will accept public comment through our Billings Public School portal starting 2 hours preceding the meeting and concluding 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Although unlikely, this will allow the staff time to review the comments to ensure that no privacy issues have been compromised. Public comment can be submitted in electronic format using the Google Documents link provided on the District’s webpage. When accessing the District’s Homepage or School Board page a pop-up window will appear with a link to the Google Document. Submissions require a full name and home address in order to be submitted for the record and are limited to a 500 word count. Submissions will be screened and read verbally by the District Clerk.