1430 - Audience Participation

Policy: 1430
Section: 1000 - Board of Directors


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 a period at the beginning of the meeting during which visitors may present to the board. If possible, such presentations should be scheduled in advance.

The board will also allow individuals to express an opinion prior to board action on agenda items that the board determines require or will benefit from public comment. Written and oral comment will be accepted by the board before the adoption or amendment of policies not expressly or by implication authorized by state or federal law, but which will promote the education of kindergarten through twelfth grade students in public schools or will promote the effective, efficient or safe management and operation of the district. The Chair will first recognize individuals wishing to be heard by the board.

Individuals, after identifying themselves, will proceed to make comments within the time limits established by the board. Any representative of a firm eligible to bid on materials or services solicited by the board will also be entitled to express an opinion. 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 has the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings.

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.




Cross References:

1400 – Meeting Conduct, Order of Business and Quorum


Legal References:

RCW 42.30.030 Meetings declared open and public

RCW 42.30.050 Interruptions — Procedure

42 U.S.C. 12101-12213 Americans with Disabilities Act


Management Resources:

2012 – June Issue


Adoption Date: 12.20.99

Kiona-Benton City School District
Classification: Priority
Revised Dates: 08.10.15