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B.10 Public Participation at Board Meeting - February 2007 Revision

Note: This policy was reviewed, revised, and renamed in August 2010. We provide this revision for historic purposes only. Please refer to the current policy.

The Board shall provide an opportunity for citizens to be heard regarding their concerns, complaints, or commendations during a public forum at regular meetings of the Board of Education. Individuals may request to speak by signing an "Individual’s Request to Speak" card prior to the start time of Public Forum and subsequently being recognized by the Secretary of the Board.

The time allotted each individual or organization for presentation shall be limited to two (2) minutes each. A speaker may not yield unused time to another person. The total time for hearing of citizens shall be no more than thirty (30) minutes at any one meeting unless an extension of time is allowed by the President of the Board. In order to ensure that each individual has an opportunity to address the Board, the President may also set a time limit of less than two (2) minutes for individual speakers based upon the length of the comment period and number of requests received.

Personal attacks upon Board members, staff personnel, or other persons in attendance or absent by individuals who address the Board are discouraged. Presenters are cautioned that statements or representations concerning others that convey an unjustly unfavorable impression may subject the presenter to civil action for defamation.

The Board of Education is not responsible for personnel decisions with the exception of the superintendent.

B.10A Public Concerns/Complaints about Personnel

Trust in staff members and support for their actions should be such that employees are freed from unnecessary, spiteful or negative criticisms and complaints.

In spite of this, criticisms and complaints may be forthcoming from the community. These complaints are best handled starting at the school level and, when, necessary, should proceed through the various administrative levels.

All complaints shall be referred to the Superintendent for investigation. The employee involved shall be given an opportunity, at each administrative level at which the matter is reviewed, for explanation, comment, and presentation of facts, either formally or informally. The employee will be afforded elements of due process as provided in New Mexico law. Complaints about individual personnel performance should be submitted in writing to the superintendent.

NSBA/NEPN Classification: BEDH, KEB

Revised: January 17, 1990
Revised: February 20, 1996
Reviewed: January 1, 2001
Reviewed: April 2001
Revised: November 2005
Reviewed: February 1, 2007
Revised: February 7, 2007