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1430 - Audience Participation



The board recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of involving members of the public in its meetings. In order to permit fair and orderly expression of such comment, the board will provide an agenda item, “Citizens’ Comments,” during which visitors may address the board with comments and/or concerns. Comments should be brief and to the point and speakers may not reflect adversely on the political or economic view, ethnic background, character, or motives of any individual. Comments made at a board meeting are part of the public record.

If a response is needed, it will be made in a timely fashion, by telephone or in writing.

Individuals wishing to be heard by the board shall first be recognized by the president. 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 all such rulings.

It shall not be permissible to orally present or discuss complaints against individual employees of Walla Walla School District at any board of education meetings. Such charges or complaints shall be presented to the board of education in writing and shall be signed by the person(s) making the charge or complaint. Executive session may be granted for the hearing of charges against individuals, whether students or employees.

Individuals with disabilities who may need a modification to participate in a meeting should contact the superintendent’s office no later than three days before a regular meeting and as soon as possible in advance of a special meeting so that arrangements for the modification can be made.

Legal References:



Meetings declared open and public



42 U.S.C.

12101 - 12213 Americans with Disabilities Act


First Reading Date: November 20, 2001

Adopted by the Board: July 16, 2002

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