Addressing the board
Paula Tibbitts, board clerk
1 Academy Park
Albany, NY 12207
How do I participate in board meetings?
The Board of Education regards public input as desirable and essential
to effective decision-making. The board sets aside 30 minutes for public
comment at each school board meeting.
The board would like
to reaffirm the guidelines that govern public discussions about
employees and students.
Board Policy 1230, entitled "Public Participation at Board Meetings,"
states in part: The board does not permit public comment regarding
individual district personnel or students. Anyone wishing to discuss
matters involving individual district personnel or students should
present their comments and/or concerns to the superintendent or other
appropriate district staff.
Board Policy 1400, entitled "Public Complaints," states the
The Board of Education recognizes the right of
community members to register individual or group concerns regarding
instruction, district programs, instructional materials, operations,
and/or staff members. The main goal of the district is to resolve such
concerns specifically with the parties involved, whenever possible.
Public complaints about the school district will
be directed to the proper administrative personnel. Complaints about
specific classroom practices shall be directed to the teacher concerned.
If the matter is not settled satisfactorily, the complainant shall then
contact the building principal; if there is no resolution on this level,
the superintendent of schools or his/her designee shall be contacted.
The superintendent shall refer the issue to the board for final
resolution, if necessary.
All matters referred to the superintendent and/or
the board shall be in writing. Concerns registered directly to the board
as a whole or to an individual board member shall be referred as soon as
is reasonably possible to the superintendent for investigation, report,
To address the board
You may contact the board clerk, Paula Tibbitts,
prior to the board meeting and ask for your name to be placed on the
public comment sign-in sheet. The board clerk can be reached at
518-475-6015 or via email at
email@example.com. You also may sign up to speak at the
At the beginning of public comment period, the
board president will read the names, in order, from the sign-in sheet.
When your name is read, you may approach the
podium. You are asked to restate your name and your address. All persons
addressing the board are asked to keep their comments to three minutes.
Speakers may only address the board once during the public comment
Board members will listen to each speaker's
remarks, but no action will be taken until the board is properly
prepared to address the issue. The board will respond to all
communications by the most appropriate means.