Public Comment Procedure
For the all School Board meetings, Public comment may be submitted to the Board Clerk by noon on the day of each meeting. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At each Regular meeting of the Board, the Agenda will provide time for Public Comment before the Board. Persons wishing to address the Board will be required to submit a “REQUEST TO APPEAR BEFORE THE BOARD” form.
Forms are also available from the Clerk of the Board and will be available at each meeting. We request that you follow the procedures listed below:
Please know that the Board of Trustees appreciates your input.
Review the Agenda and note where Public Comment is listed.
Review procedures and complete the “Request To Appear Before The Board” form.
Submit your completed form prior to the start of the meeting to the Clerk of the Board, who will deliver it to the Board Chairman.
Have your comments prepared to be delivered in three (3) minutes.
Upon invitation from the Chairman, please come forward to the presentation table, state your name, address, and affiliation (when applicable) for the record and make your comments directly to the Board Chair.
Due to the fact that a School Board meeting is a meeting that is held in public and not a public meeting, the Board is required to abide by the Idaho Open Meeting Law, and because of the diversity of issues, members of the Board will not respond to Public Comment. Instead, issues may be recorded and may be referred to the proper staff person for follow-up. The Chairman may interrupt or terminate an individual’s statement when it is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, repetitive, or irrelevant. The Board of Trustees as a whole shall have the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings.
In order to ensure that everyone who comes to speak to the Board has the opportunity to do so, comments will be limited to three (3) minutes. If there is a group who all wish to speak to the Board on the same topic, the group must appoint a spokesperson. Groups with 10 or more members may qualify for a speaking time limit of ten (10) minutes. The Clerk of the Board may ask for group membership verification.
In keeping with Policy 262 - Citizen Attendance and Participation Procedure, the Board will not hear complaints against personnel or any students in a public board meeting. Any complaint about the District, including instruction, discipline, District personnel policy, procedure, or curriculum should be referred through the proper administrative channels before it is presented to the Board for consideration and action. All complaints should be resolved through proper channels in the following order:
Teacher or Staff
Principal or Supervisor
Director or Administrator
Board of Trustees
Written materials for Board or Board Committee members must be submitted to the Clerk of the Board. The written material must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting it. A copy of the materials that meet these requirements will be forwarded to Board or Board Committee members if received by noon the Friday preceding the Board or Board Committee meeting. Materials should not be sent directly to Board or Board Committee members. Materials may be presented or mailed to Vicki Pitcairn, Clerk of the Board, at Blaine County School District No. 61, 118 West Bullion Street, Hailey, ID 83333. Written comments submitted to the Board Clerk will not be read aloud during the Board or Board Committee meeting.