Public Participation at Board Meetings

All regular and special meetings of the School Board shall be open to the public as required by law.

Because the Board desires to hear the viewpoints of citizens throughout the district, it shall offer suitable time at regular meetings for citizens to be heard.

Policy:

  • The board shall listen to citizen views but cannot discuss or act on any item of business not  specifically included in the public notice of the meeting.

  • Comments and questions at a Board meeting may deal with any topic related to district operations and programs. 

  • A staff member may be heard by the Board as a member of the general public when the subject on which she/he wishes to be heard relates to her/his role as parent, concerned citizen, or taxpayer rather than to her/his role as staff member.
  • Questions asked by the public shall, when possible, be answered immediately by the President or referred to staff members for reply; questions requiring an investigation shall be referred to the Board or administrative staff for consideration and later response.

Procedure:

  • Persons interested in providing comments to the Board may register to (1) provide written comment to the Board; and/or (2) address the Board as a speaker.

  • Registration Procedures: The Registration Period will begin no earlier than 20 minutes prior to the time that the meeting is scheduled to convene.

Registration Form

  • The registration period will be considered closed when the meeting is called to order


Registration forms from those wanting to address the Board as a Speaker will be numbered. Speakers will be recognized in the order the forms are received.

  • Time Limits: The public comment period will usually be held to a maximum of 30 minutes, not to exceed five minutes for each speaker.

  • If the number of registrants exceeds the potential maximum speakers, the Board may

  • Elect to permit all remaining speakers registered to present their comment or Close the public comment session and direct all remaining registered speakers to a future meeting or to the District Administrator

The Board vests in its President or other presiding officer authority to terminate the remarks that do not adhere to the established rules. 

See Policy and Rule (procedures) 187 in their entirety.

Wisconsin Open Meetings Law Summary