Community Comments at School Board Meetings

Community Comments at School Board Meetings
Posted on 09/08/2021
Community Comments

Public Comment Protocol for Board Meetings: Effective August 17, 2021

Public comments are always welcome at School Board meetings. Please follow the procedures below to ensure you are registered to comment during the meeting and so your comment will be entered into the Board minutes as a permanent record. Please read the Board Decorum Statement.

Public Comment Protocol

  1. The number of Public Comment periods will continue as outlined in Policy 903.
  2. The time allotted for in-person Public Comment will be up to 30 minutes for residents who appropriately registered to speak.
  3. The time allotted for Public Comment may be extended by a majority vote of the School Board.
  4. Residents may sign-up to speak beginning the Monday before the meeting until 2 p.m. the day of the meeting by submitting an email to boardcomments@centennialsd.org or by calling 215-441-6000 x 11002.

Public Comments:

1.   Anyone who wishes to provide a comment must complete and submit their request via email to boardcomments@centennialsd.org as outlined in item (a) below per Centennial School District’s Administrative Regulation 903  and include their statement by 2:00 pm on the scheduled meeting date or by calling the number above.

The email should include: 

Your Name:

Address:

Telephone:

Organization:

The topic of Discussion:

Have You Contacted A School District Official Regarding the matter? If yes, who: 

Your comment in the email body or attachment (will be included in the board meeting minutes). 

2.  Residents should arrive for the meeting at least 15 minutes before the Board meeting to check-in and proceed to the designated area.

3.  Residents who do not appropriately submit their comments by the deadline or arrive late will have to wait until the next Board meeting.

Overview of the process:

  1. The Board Secretary will call upon speakers in the order they registered.
  2. When it is the selected person's turn to speak, they will be directed to the public microphone.
  3. The speaker will state their name and address and make their comment. They will have three (3) minutes to speak.
  4. After they have finished speaking, they may return to their seat or exit the building.
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