Citizen Participation

  • District Policy



    Section: BylawsDate Created: October 2007Date Edited: November 2020



    The Board of Education recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on school matters of community interest.


    In order to permit the fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board shall set aside a portion of every Board meeting, for public comment on any school or school district issue that a member of the public feels may be of concern to the residents of the school district.  The length of the public comment section of the Board meeting shall be thirty minutes unless the time is extended by the Board.


    Public participation shall be governed by the following rules:


    1. A participant must be recognized by the presiding officer and must preface comments by an announcement of his/her name, municipality of residence, and group affiliation, if applicable;



      2.       Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to three minutes’ duration at the discretion of the Presiding Officer;


    3. No participant may speak more than once on the same topic until all others who wish to speak on that topic have been heard;


    4. All statements, questions, or inquiries shall be directed to the presiding officer; and any questions or inquiries directed by a participant to another Board member shall be redirected to the presiding officer who shall determine if such statement, question, or inquiry shall be addressed by the presiding officer on behalf of the Board or by the individual Board member;  


    5. The presiding officer may:


    a. Interrupt, warn, and/or terminate a participant's statement, question, or inquiry when it is too lengthy;


    b. Interrupt and/or warn a participant when the statement, question, or inquiry is abusive, obscene, or may be defamatory;


    c. Request any person to leave the meeting when that person does not observe reasonable decorum;


    d. Request the assistance of law enforcement officers in the removal of a disorderly person when that person prevents or disrupts a meeting with an act that obstructs or interferes with a meeting;


    e. Call for a recess or an adjournment to another time when the lack of public decorum interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting; and


    f.  Waive these rules when necessary for the protection of privacy or to maintain an orderly operation of the Board meeting.



    N.J.S.A. 2C:33-8

    N.J.S.A. 10:4-12




    Adopted:  15 October 2007