To provide for full and open communication between the public and the Board of Education, the
Board authorizes the following avenues for the exchange of information, ideas and opinions.
Grievance through Established Policy and Procedure
Students, employees and any members of the public are encouraged to utilize established policies
and procedures for offering suggestions or addressing concerns and complaints prior to bringing the
issue before the Board. The Board believes that many issues can be resolved by communication with
teachers, administrators and other staff and may refuse to address an issue if the individual
presenting it has not first attempted to resolve the matter through established procedures and policies.
Written correspondence may be directed to the Board, through the superintendent, for consideration
at a meeting. Copies of all correspondence directed to the Board will be made available to all Board
members. Statements of two (2) pages or less are encouraged.
Any member of the public who wishes to have an item placed on the agenda will present the request
in writing to the superintendent or designee. The request must be submitted pursuant to Board policy
and received five (5) business days prior to the scheduled meeting. The item will then be
appropriately placed on the agenda. The Board reserves the right to impose reasonable restrictions
on the number of items to be considered, the number of spokespersons and the speaking time of
spokespersons appearing before the Board. If the meeting agenda is full, the Board reserves the right
to reschedule an item for the next regular meeting. The Board may refuse to address an issue that
has not gone through the appropriate grievance procedure. The Board reserves the right to waive
formalities in emergency situations, within the limitations of the law.
From time to time, the Board will schedule a public hearing to receive input on matters of concern
to the community, such as setting the district's tax rate. The public will be provided notice of such
hearings as required by law.
At the first regular meeting each month, time shall be provided for public comments immediately
after the chairperson calls the meeting to order. The following rules will be applied to the public
comment portion of the meeting:
► The period set aside for this public participation shall not exceed one-half (½) hour.
► Any non-Board member who wishes to speak during the official part of the meeting must
register to do so. A request card shall be provided for this purpose and shall be submitted
to the Public Information Officer of the district prior to the start of the meeting. It shall
identify the speaker and the agenda item to be addressed. The Public Information Officer
shall submit all request cards to the superintendent prior to the start of the meeting.
► A person or persons may speak only once on an agenda item.
► Persons addressing the Board are asked to keep their remarks concise and to the point.
Therefore, the Board establishes a time limit of three (3) minutes for each speaker without
the consent of the Board.
► Only items from the posted agenda may be discussed.
In the event the Board believes that the normal flow of business is being unnecessarily delayed, it
may waive public participation by majority vote.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for
Cross Refs: KC, Community Involvement in Decision Making
KK, Visitors to District Property/Events
KL, Public Complaints
KLB, Public Questions, Comments or Concerns Regarding District Instructional/
Legal Refs: §§ 610.010 - .035, RSMo.
North Kansas City School District, Kansas City, Missouri
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