CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — After removing a rule that would have made it easier to speak at the last minute, the Walker County Board of Education adopted a public commenting policy Tuesday night.

The board has not had a policy allowing people to speak at meetings since March 2015, when the president of the local teachers' union sued over the previous rule. The elected officials said they spent months working through a new policy this year, but they shifted into high gear over the last month after parents from Fairyland Elementary School demanded to speak about problems in the cafeteria.

The new policy is similar to the one the board previously used. A potential speaker will have to first meet privately with Superintendent Damon Raines or another central office employee, giving them a chance to research the person's concerns. If people still want to speak, they have to then fill out a written request.