The Board has set aside a public participation time during open meetings so that citizens may have the opportunity to address the Board regarding an item on an open meeting agenda. The Trustees are pleased to listen to opinions and constructive statements that will help them make informed decisions. Your interest in Fredericksburg ISD is appreciated and welcome.
In accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Tex. Gov’t Code §551.007, each member of the public who desires to address the Board regarding an item on an agenda for an open meeting shall be allowed to address the Board regarding that item before or during the Board’s consideration of the item. The Board will decide the order of public comment. A public member’s presentation to the Board shall not exceed three (3) minutes on a given agenda item.
In accordance with BED (LOCAL) the Board shall allot a reasonable amount of time to hearing persons who desire to make comments to the Board and may adjust time as it deems necessary to give everyone who wishes to speak to the Board an opportunity to do so. However, no individual shall be given less than one minute to make comments. This time may be used for a member of the public to address different topics with the Board at the same meeting. In other words, the public speaker may reserve time for different topics if necessary. If a speaker requires an interpreter, the speaker is asked to notify the District in advance of the meeting so that a reasonable accommodation may be made. If no interpreter is present and/or simultaneous translation equipment is not available, the speaker will be allotted twice the amount of time as a member of the public who does not require the assistance of a translator on a given agenda item to address the Board.
Please be advised that the Board may not discuss or act on matters that are not properly posted for action on the Board’s posted agenda. In accordance with Board Policy BED (LOCAL) the Board will not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the audience.
In accordance with BED (Legal), Public Comments, a board shall allow each member of the public who desires to address the board regarding an item on an agenda for an open meeting of the board to address the board regarding the item at the meeting before or during the board's consideration of the item.
In accordance with BE (Legal), Recording by Attendee, a person in attendance may record all or any part of an open meeting of a board by means of a recorder, video camera, or other means of aural or visual reproduction. A board may adopt reasonable rules to maintain order at a meeting, including rules relating to the location of recording equipment and the manner in which the recording is conducted. A rule adopted under this provision may not prevent or unreasonably impair a person from exercising a right granted under this provision. -Gov't Code 551.023
Public participation time is not intended for the presentation of grievances. The Board will only consider grievances that remain unresolved after the grievance has been presented through the appropriate Board policy and administrative remedies have been fully exhausted. At that time, and consistent with Board policy, such grievance will then be placed on the agenda. For further information on the requirement for filing a grievance, contact the Director of School Leadership.
The District grievance policy FNG (LOCAL) may be found online at https://pol.tasb.org/Policy/Download/510?filename=FNG(LOCAL).pdf.