Addressing the Board

The Board of Education welcomes comments from its community. A period for public comment is set aside at the beginning of each regular Board of Education meeting. In an effort to provide an environment for effective public comment at meetings, the Francis Howell School District Board of Education has adopted the following protocols for public comment:

  • Any person wishing to address the Board must fill out a Patron Comment Card. The card will include the speaker’s name, address, e-mail address and topic he/she wishes to address. 
  • A period of thirty minutes will be allotted for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. Each speaker shall be allotted up to three minutes for the statement. At the discretion of the Board president prior to the beginning of the meeting, the time limit may be changed to accommodate the number of speakers.
  • Speakers are not to address the Board concerning specific student or personnel issues at a meeting due to confidentiality. A speaker will be immediately stopped from talking further if he/she speaks to a student or personnel issue. Such issues should be addressed using the District’s established procedures.

  • If you will not be able to attend the Board meeting, patron comments can be submitted online (by 12 PM the day of the meeting). To submit your comments, as you would like them read, fill out the form below. In-person patron comments will be shared first, followed by virtual comments in the order they were received. Virtual comments will be read by the Director of Communications and will limited to three minutes per patron comment, up to the 30 minute time limit.
  • While the Board does not directly respond to a speaker during public comment, the Board will address speakers in the following manner:

Patron Comment Cards will be available 30 minutes prior to the start of a scheduled Board meeting.

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