Public Forum Guidelines

PUBLIC FORUM

The purpose of the Public Forum is to provide an opportunity for citizens to address the Centennial School Board. 

Citizens who would like to address the board on a topic on the meeting agenda may email Jody Josephson, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at jjosephson@isd12.org by 2:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting.  

In the email you must include the following information:

  • Your full name;
  • Address;
  • Phone number;
  • Number and name of the agenda item you wish to speak to; and
  • Your questions and/or comments on the agenda item.

Only those persons who have sent an email request which includes all of the information requested above by 2:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting will be allowed to address the Board, time permitting, during Public Forum.

PROTOCOL

  • Total time allotted for Public Forum is 15 minutes.
  • Each individual will be allowed to speak a maximum of 3 minutes.
  • If more than one person is addressing the same topic, the School Board requests one spokesperson to speak on behalf of the group.
  • An individual speaker should not restate information from previous speakers.

PROCEDURES FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS

  1. The school board chair will recognize one speaker at a time and will rule out of order other speakers who are not recognized.  Only those speakers recognized by the chair will be allowed to speak.  Comments by others are out of order.  Individuals who interfere with or interrupt speakers, the school board, or the proceedings may be directed to leave.2. 
  2. The school board retains the discretion to limit discussion of any agenda item to a reasonable period of time as determined by the school board.  If a group or organization wishes to address the school board on a topic, the school board reserves the right to require designation of one or more representatives or spokespersons to speak on behalf of the group or organization.
  3. The school board chair shall promptly rule out of order any discussion by any person, including school board members, that would violate the provisions of state or federal law, this policy or the statutory rights of privacy of an individual.4.
  4. Personal attacks by anyone addressing the school board are unacceptable. Persistence in such remarks by an individual shall terminate that person’s privilege to address the school board.
  5. Depending upon the number of persons in attendance seeking to be heard, the school board reserves the right to impose such other limitations and restrictions as necessary in order to provide an orderly, efficient, and fair opportunity for those present to be heard.

Click here for the complete Centennial ISD Policy 206 on public participation in School Board Meetings.

During the Open Forum, the School Board will listen but will not try to resolve a concern at the meeting. The issue will be referred to the Superintendent for appropriate follow-up. Those who requested to speak but were not able to finish within the three-minute time limit are encouraged to submit their comments in writing to SchoolBoard@isd12.org.

SPEAKER GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC FORUM

  • When recognized by the board chair, please state your name, address, and agenda item you would like to speak to.
  • Please limit your remarks to no more than three minutes.
  • If there is more than one person in your group who wishes to address the board on the same agenda item, please designate a spokesperson.
  • An individual speaker should not restate information from previous speakers.
  • Board meetings are meetings held in public. They are not public hearings.
  • Due to data privacy laws, information concerning specific students or staff is NOT appropriate for Public Forum.  Information addressing specific students or staff should be communicated to the appropriate building administrator or to the superintendent of schools.