Patron Comment Policy

Francis Howell School District’s Board Policy 0412, regarding public participation at Board Meetings, states:

"A period of thirty (30) minutes will be allotted to residents of the District and staff at the beginning of the meeting to give the Board of Education the opportunity to listen to citizens. The Board is very interested in citizen viewpoints and problems. We encourage citizens to work through problems at the building and/or administrative levels before coming to the Board. We ask that remarks be limited to three minutes and to one appearance, thus allowing a maximum number of participants in the allotted time period in which citizens are to speak to issues. Questions directed to the Board cannot always be answered immediately. All questions will be responded to by an appropriate person within the week wherever possible. Persons who wish to suggest items for the agenda should contact Board members or the superintendent."

The Board does not engage in dialogue with patrons during this business meeting. Concerns brought forward during this forum are addressed by the Superintendent and other appropriate staff members. This does not mean that public concerns are not of interest to the Board. Rather, we believe that most patron concerns can be dealt with most effectively and efficiently when handled by appropriate staff, on a more personal level, in accordance with board policy. Administrative staff will report back to the Board on resolution of public comment concerns expressed at previous meetings. Comments about individual students and staff are not allowed due to confidentiality. All regular meetings of the Board of Education shall be open to the public.

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