The school board recognizes citizens’ rights to exercise control over schools, their right to participate in education decision-making processes and their right to be informed about how students are being educated and how funds are being spent. The board endorses an affirmative public community policy and accepts responsibility for keeping people informed about the educational setting. In cooperation with administration and teachers, it seeks opportunity to inform individual citizens and organizations about educational services, accomplishments, needs, problems, costs, revenues, and expenditures.
The board and administration seek and welcome individual and group opinions, suggestions, and questions regarding school affairs.
The Code of Iowa provides a means for interested citizens to obtain direct information about the operations of the school via school board meetings.
The public shall have prior notification of the time and locale of each meeting. Board and board committee meetings shall be open to the public at all times with the exception of closed meetings authorized by law.
The official minutes of the meeting shall be public record open to public inspection as provided by law.
Individuals or groups desiring to bring an item to the board of education for action at a specific meeting should do the following:
- Contact the superintendent of schools stating the nature of the problems or concern.
- Indicate whether there has been an attempt to resolve the matter with the administrator in charge.
- Request that the matter be placed on the board agenda by Thursday noon preceding the regular board meeting.
Individuals or groups placed on the agenda will be assigned a time for the presentation of their concern.
A group of three or more should name a spokesperson to present their concerns to the board.
The president of the board will determine the amount of time allotted to such requests.
Individuals or groups desiring to present a concern for discussion that is unrelated to an agenda item may do so by doing the following:
- Attend the board meeting.
- Make a request of the board president stating the nature of the problem and the length of time desired for discussion. The board president will then determine if the request should be heard at the current meeting or placed on the agenda of a subsequent meeting. If the president grants permission for an item to be discussed, he/she should also assign a time allotment for such discussion.
NOTE: The above guidelines are not intended to discourage citizen involvement in board meetings but to encourage participation. The guidelines will assist the board in managing such participation and keep the meetings moving along.