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Want to speak at the next Hamilton Co. School Board meeting? Here's how

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For those disappointed in the lack of public questions or comments at Wednesday night's special called session of the Hamilton County School Board, the next regularly scheduled meeting is Thursday January 21st at 5:30 p.m.  If you would like to speak at that meeting, you must submit a written request about your topic at least three days in advance. If you miss that deadline, you may sign in thirty minutes before the meeting, and the first three people will be allowed to speak.

Here is the full policy:

"Any resident of Hamilton County may appear before the Board of Education to comment upon the operation of the Hamilton County Schools. However, for the efficient operation of the schools, the Board desires that complaints and concerns be resolved as quickly as possible and by the employee or administrator having responsibility over the issue in question. Accordingly, the Board encourages individuals with complaints or concerns to speak with the appropriate employee or administrator rather than first addressing the Board.


APPEARANCES BEFORE THE BOARD
Any resident of Hamilton County desiring to address the Board regarding the operation of the Hamilton County Schools must submit a written request setting forth the topic upon which the individual wishes to address the Board as well as any supporting documents or materials. He or she must submit this written request to the Director of Schools no later than three (3) days prior to the Board’s meeting.

If the Executive Committee of the Board approves the request, the individual will be listed on the Board’s printed agenda and recognized at the appropriate time. The Board Secretary will also circulate to the Board members any documents or materials that the individual submitted in support of his or her request to speak.
Additionally, any resident of Hamilton County desiring to address the Board who has missed the three (3) day advance deadline may nevertheless be recognized to speak provided that he or she signs in at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of any regularly scheduled Board meeting.

Thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of the meeting, the Board Secretary will collect the sign-in sheet and provide it to the Chairman. The Chairman, at the appropriate time on the agenda, will recognize the first three (3) individuals who have signed in to address the Board.

If a group of individuals wishes to address the Board about the same matter, the group must select one (1) individual to speak on its behalf unless the group specifically requests permission for multiple individuals to speak on the same topic.

Individuals speaking to the Board shall address their remarks to the Chairman. Each person speaking shall state his or her name, his or her address, and the subject of his or her presentation. Remarks will be limited to five (5) minutes unless time is extended by the Board.
Under no circumstances will the Chairman allow a speaker to identify a student or to discuss confidential matters protected by law or professional ethics. Likewise, the Chairman will not allow a speaker to address any employee or to make derogatory comments regarding any employee. The Chairman shall have the authority to terminate the remarks of any individual who is disruptive or does not adhere to the Board rules."

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