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Public Participation

Maintaining excellent public schools requires the cooperation and effort of everyone in the community. Members of the school board are aware that schools belong to the public, and they recognize the importance of keeping the community involved with and informed about the activities of the schools and the school board. Your school board members encourage you to stay informed about education issues and to attend board meetings regularly.

The Board sets aside a maximum of 30 minutes at each regularly scheduled board meeting (15 minutes at the beginning and 15 minutes prior to the end of the public portion of the meeting). As outlined in Board Policy BEDH, comments during Public Participation may be received from a Richland Two student, parent/legal guardian, resident, property owner or business owner, as well as Richland County elected officials.

Each speaker is allotted three minutes. Therefore, Public Participation will be limited to the first 10 people who sign up to speak (five during the first Public Participation and five during the second Public Participation). Based on the standard start time for the board meetings of 5:30 p.m., the sign-up to speak will open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 6:15 p.m. on the day of each board meeting. If the start time of a regularly scheduled board meeting is changed, the sign-up times will be adjusted accordingly and announced in the public notice for the meeting. Individuals wishing to speak during the board meeting must be present during this time to sign up to speak as well as to complete the necessary form. Only the person speaking can sign his/her name on the list.