Public Participation

Public Participation in Board Meetings

The Board recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of involving members of the public in its meetings. To that end,any person may address the Board at its formal meetings either on issues presented in resolutions being considered or on other matters affecting the administration, management or operation of the school in accordance with the procedures and limitations of this policy.

In order to permit fair and orderly comment, individuals who wish to address the Board should contact the Administrative Assistant to the CEO to sign up beginning one week prior to the date of the meeting and no later than 4:00pm on the last business day before the meeting. Speakers must call personally to be placed on the agenda.  They will be scheduled in the order in which they were received.  Each speaker must giver his/her name, address, and daytime telephone number and state the subject matter of the intended remarks.  If the speaker will appear on behalf of an organization or group, he/she must identify the organization or group.  Remarks on behalf of an organization or group may be presented through only one speaker at each meeting, but additional representatives of the organization or group may submit written remarks to be included in the minutes of the meeting.  All speakers are expected to submit, if possible, ten (10) copies of their testimony at the time they are called to speak.  A speaker may not relinquish his or her allotted time to another.

Individuals wishing to be heard by the Board shall first be recognized by the President.  Each speaker will be allotted a maximum of three (3) minutes, and no more than thirty (30) minutes shall be allotted to a single subject.  The Board may, at its discretion, hold a special board meeting or hearing or permit more than thirty (30) minutes on a single subject.  The president may interrupt or terminate an individual’s statement when it is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant. The Board as a whole shall have the final decision in determining the appropriateness of such rulings.

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodation to participate in a meeting should contact the Administrative Assistant to the CEO no later than three days before a regular meeting so that arrangements for the accommodation can be made.

Contact Yesenia Garcia at ygarcia@neacademy.net or 267-928-3539 ext. 1123