PUBLIC COMMENT GUIDELINES
General Public Comment Information
Members of the public are entitled to speak on matters not on the agenda at this time. The Brown Act restricts the Board from considering any item not appearing on the posted agenda. Testimony is not protected from damage claims for libel. Public charges or allegations may result in legal action being brought by those individuals. Please keep your comments concise, brief, and limited to 3 minutes.
Comments on Agendized Items
Members of the public are entitled to speak on any item on the agenda either immediately after the item is called by the Board President or during a Public Hearing on the subject matter opened by the Board President. Each person is entitled to speak on any agenda item only once at any meeting, and the right to speak at the appropriate time waives any further right to address the Board on that Item at that meeting. Participation in debate on any item before the Board shall be limited to members of the Board, although Board Members may ask members of the public for additional information. Testimony is not protected from damage claims for libel. Public charges or allegations may result in legal action being brought by those individuals. Please keep your comments concise, brief, and limited to 3 minutes.
SHUSD GOVERNING BOARD POLICY 9323, MEETING CONDUCT
Public Participation, Paragraph 5
A person wishing to be heard by the Board shall first be recognized by the president and shall then proceed to comment as briefly as the subject permits. Individual speakers shall be allowed three minutes to address the Board on each agenda or non-agenda item. The Board shall limit the total time for public input on each item to 20 minutes. With Board consent, the president may increase or decrease the time allowed for public presentation, depending on the topic and the number of persons wishing to be heard. The president may take a poll of speakers for or against a particular issue and may ask that additional persons speak only if they have something new to add.