A member of the public who wishes to comment or speak about a matter on the agenda of a School Board meeting shall, before the meeting begins or as soon as possible thereafter and using the speaker cards provided, submit in writing, his or her name, address, the name of any organization or group represented, and the agenda item number(s) or topic(s) which the speaker wishes to address. Those who are speaking on agenda items shall be permitted to do so before the Board takes action on the agenda item. At the discretion of the presiding officer, a member of the public may address the Board on a non-agenda item. A time limit of three (3) minutes will be imposed on each public comment speaker unless the time is extended by the presiding officer. The Board will accept written comments beyond the time allotted.
Speaker cards shall not be accepted after the School Board begins the discussion agenda. Only the individual submitting the speaker card is allowed to address the School Board for the allotted time. Speaking time may not be “yielded” or given by one speaker to another speaker. The Superintendent and School Board members may ask questions of and request further explanation from the speaker. The time used by the Superintendent and School Board members for questions and explanations shall not be counted against the time allotted to the speaker pursuant to this policy. (Ref. F.S. §§ 286.011(6), 286.0114(2), 1001.372, 1001.42, 1001.51) [Amended 05/16/13; 01/15/15; 06/07/18]