Addressing the board
Paula Tibbitts, board clerk
1 Academy Park
Albany, NY 12207
How do I participate in board meetings?
The board president may grant speakers
permission to make brief statements about specific agenda items at times
other than the periods scheduled for public comment.
The board would like
to reaffirm the guidelines that govern public discussions about
employees and students. To that effect, Board of Education counsel read
the following statement at the board’s meeting Jan. 5, 2015:
The board wishes to remind the public of certain board policies.
Board Policy 1230,
entitled “PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT
BOARD MEETINGS,” states in pertinent part:
The board will not permit in public session discussion involving
individual district personnel or students.
Persons wishing to discuss matters involving individual district
personnel or students should present their comments and/or concerns to
the superintendent during regular business hours.
Board Policy 1400
entitled, “PUBLIC COMPLAINTS,”
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.
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 and/or resolution.
One reason for these policies is to allow a full investigation of all
complaints without embarrassing or criticizing any individuals in
advance of any findings of wrongdoing. No public comment will be tolerated that discusses
individual district staff or students, or violates any board
policy. The board fully appreciates the public's cooperation with
assuring these policies are followed.
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
475-6015 or via e-mail 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
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 period.
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.