Modifications to public participation at Board Meetings
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, School Board President Margaret Hansen is requiring that members of the public who wish to offer testimony on agenda items at Regular School Board Meetings do so through e-mail, telephone, or written correspondence. To protect staff, community members, and School Board Members, the NWABSD District Office will be closed to members of the public until further notice. To review a schedule of upcoming School Board Meetings, and information on public participation, please visit the website: www.nwarctic.org.
It has become clear from developing events in State, that in-person testimony presents too great a public health risk. The School Board and District staff are taking necessary steps to allow remote testimony, while continuing to record meetings in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.
Please visit the meeting details in the NWABSD calendar to access the call-in number if you wish to:
- give pubic testimony
- give public comments and/or
- listen to the Board meeting
How to provide public testimony: The School Board encourages anyone wishing to provide Public Testimony on Action Items to email written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1:00 p.m. the day of the meeting. These comments will become part of the meeting record. In the subject line of the email, please indicate which agenda item you are providing testimony for (Example: NWABSD Memorandum 20-088, Adoption of the FY-21 Proposed Operating Fund Budget).
When the School Board reaches your agenda item, or time for non-agenda/non-action testimony, the Board President will identify you to take your testimony. You will have three minutes to provide testimony.
Public Comments: the NWABSD Board of Education will not hear complaints against pupils or personnel unless the Superintendent, through proper channels, has heard such complaints. Such complaints should be heard only in an Executive Session.
The following is the procedure by which the public may speak before the NWABSD Board of Education at any of its meetings:
- Persons wishing to be heard must notify the Superintendent’s Office by 1:00 p.m. on the day before the meeting.
- Persons to be heard on non-action and non-agenda items will be heard during the specified section of the meeting.
- It is requested that an individual conduct his/her presentation in three (3) minutes and representative for groups in five (5) minutes.
Upon recognition from the President, please give name and organization, if any, represented.
How to listen to School Board meetings: All Regular School Board meetings are available telephonically. When you call in to listen, please state your name and location for the record.
Agendas and meeting information: Agendas, supporting documents, and archived meetings, can be accessed through BoardBooks. BoardBooks is located on our website: www.nwarctic.org under “Quick Links” (on the left), click-on “School Board Meeting Information”, click-on “Public Access to School Board Meeting Agenda and Meeting Materials”, then you may choose which meeting materials you would like to access.
Any questions, contact: Elizabeth Ferguson,
Secretary to the NWABSD Board of Education/Superintendent