Public Participation

  • The Board of Education recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on school matters of community interest.

    The Board offers a public participation section at the beginning of each regular meeting, during which time members of the public may address the Board on topics not included on the agenda. 

    Individuals who wish to speak about topics that are on the agenda will have the opportunity to address the Board at the time the agenda item is being presented. Public participation on agenda items occurs after a motion is made and seconded by the Board.  Following Board discussion, individuals may make comments or ask questions prior to a vote.

    In order for the Board to fulfill its obligation to complete the planned agenda in an effective and efficient fashion, a maximum of 30 minutes of public participation may be permitted at each meeting.

    To submit an in-person public participation request:

    1. Email Treasurer Jenni Logan at loganj@sycamoreschools.org in advance of the meeting.

    2. Please provide your name and topic you’d like to discuss

    3. You may also fill out a public participation form at the site of the meeting and submit it to Jenni Logan prior to the start of the meeting.

    To submit a virtual public participation request:

    1. Email Treasurer Jenni Logan at loganj@sycamoreschools.org in advance of the meeting.

    2. Please provide your name and topic you’d like to discuss

    3. Please indicate that you would like to comment virtually, via the Zoom session

    4. You may also notify the Zoom host that you would like to speak virtually using the chat feature.

    Public participation protocol (in-person and virtual):

    Each person addressing the Board, regardless of whether they are in-person or virtual, shall give their name. Virtual participants will also be asked to use their true and actual name showing in the Zoom session and turn on their mic to address the Board. Each speaker will have three minutes to address any one particular topic or item. A designated member of the administrative team will provide a timer for the individual speaking.

    No more than 15 minutes will be devoted to any one topic, unless a majority of the Board votes to continue discussion. During that period, no person may speak twice until all who desire to speak have had the opportunity to do so. The period of public participation may be extended by a vote of the majority of the Board, present and voting. To comply with privacy laws, the Board does not entertain concerns or comments regarding specific individuals during public meetings.