Public hearings may be held on school district matters at the discretion of the board. Public notice of a public hearing shall be in the same manner as for a board meeting except that the notice shall be given at least ten days before the hearing is to be held unless it is impossible or impractical to do so.
At public hearings, citizens of the district who register at the door shall be allowed to speak on the issue for which the public hearing is being held. Others may be allowed to speak at the board's discretion. Speakers are asked to keep their remarks as brief as possible. Prior to the beginning of the hearing, speakers and spectators shall be apprised of the rules of order to be followed regarding time limitations, questions, remarks and rebuttals. In no event shall a speaker be allowed to take the time of another speaker.
The board shall conduct public hearings in an orderly fashion. At the beginning of the hearing, statements, background materials and public hearing rules and procedures shall be presented by the board president. The board president shall recognize the speakers. A board member may ask questions of the speakers after receiving permission from the board president. Only those speakers recognized by the chair shall be allowed to speak. Comments by others are out of order. Individuals who interfere with or interrupt speakers, the board or the proceedings shall be asked to leave.
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ Ch. 21; 26.12; Ch. 24; 279.8, .10; 297.22 (2013).
Cross Reference: 210 Board of Directors' Meetings
- Public Participation in Board Meetings
601.1 School Calendar
703.1 Budget Planning
Reviewed: 6-11-01, 8-9-04, 1-10-11, 1-11-16