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Addressing the board

Paula Tibbitts, board clerk

1 Academy Park

Albany, NY 12207

518-475-6015

 

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.

 

Also, Board Policy 1400, entitled "Public Complaints," states the following:

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, and/or resolution.

 

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 ptibbitts@albany.k12.ny.us. You also may sign up to speak at the board meeting.

 

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 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.

     

 

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