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BE4 Public Participation at Board of Education Meetings

The Board of Education shall provide an opportunity for members of the public to comment, subject to reasonable guidelines regarding their concerns, complaints, or commendations during a public forum at regular meetings of the Board of Education. Individuals participating in public comment at a Board of Education meeting shall be subject to provisions in the Board of Education procedural directive. This procedural directive shall outline:

  • Time limitations on public comment
  • Expectations of Board of Education member decorum, behavior and etiquette during public comment
  • Expectations of speaker decorum, behavior and etiquette during public comment
  • Procedures for signing up to speak and participate in public comment
  • Expectations of audience decorum, behavior and etiquette
  • Enforcement procedures if a member of the public fails to meet expected decorum, behavior and etiquette.

The presiding Board of Education member may permit public comment at special or committee meetings.  Individuals participating in public comment at a special or committee meeting shall be subject to provisions in the Board of Education procedural directive.

Individuals who violate decorum, behavior and etiquette standards outlined by the Board of Education may be subject to criminal charges and may be prohibited from future meetings.

Board of Education Position:

  • Policy Committee Chair

Administrative Position:          

  • Board of Education Services Office Executive Director

References:

Legal Cross Ref.:                              

  • §10-15-1 NMSA 1978
  • §30-13-1 NMSA 1978

Board Policy Cross Ref.:                  

Procedural Directive Cross Ref.:     

Forms: 

NSBA/NEPN Classification:      BEDH, KEB

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