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 must include the speaker’s name, address, e-mail address and topic he/she wishes to address. Patron Comment Cards will be available 30 minutes prior to the start of a scheduled Board meeting. Patrons who arrive before that time will be asked to wait in line until the cards are distributed. Only FHSD staff members and residents who live in the Francis Howell attendance zone are eligible to give public comments at the Board meeting.
  • A period of 30 minutes will be allotted for public comment at the beginning of the Board meeting. Speakers will be called forward in the order in which their comment cards were received. 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 specific student or personnel issue. Such issues should be addressed using the District’s established procedures.
  • Board members will not directly respond to a speaker during the meeting, but if a response is required, the appropriate individual will get in touch in the days following the meeting.

Due to the declining rates of COVID-19, the wide availability of vaccines, and the lifting of many health and safety protocols, Online Patron Comments will no longer be accepted and read aloud at a Board meeting. Those who wish to address the Board publicly are encouraged to attend an in-person meeting to give their remarks. Patrons may also email Board members individually with comments or concerns.


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