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Speaking at a Board Meeting


We encourage you to speak during the public comments portion of the meeting.

You must sign up to do so on a clipboard before the meeting.

You will be given 5 minutes, but it could be as little as 3 minutes if there are a lot of speakers.

Please be aware that your free speech as a district employee may not be fully protected under certain circumstances:

  • It is acceptable to express your views on working conditions and the climate in the building.  
  • It is not acceptable to disparage administrators or the Board.

Bad Ex:  Principal Jones lets our students get away with anything.

Good Ex: I have written referrals on several students months ago who have not received any consequences or had a conference about their behavior.  As a result I do not feel supported and students know they can do whatever they want.

  • It is acceptable to describe your experiences on the job, but not acceptable to criticize individuals by name or position.

Bad Ex:  Administrators are letting children run around like little banshees.

               Good Ex:  In my ten years at the middle school I have never seen students acting so unruly without consequences.


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