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Community Comments During Board Meetings

Community comments are always welcome at School Board meetings. Due to PA restrictions regarding indoor gatherings, we are unable to accommodate more than 10 community members in person at this time. Please see the information below for further information.

Board meetings are broadcast on Comcast channel 28, Verizon channel 36 and live stream which may be accessed by clicking on the link provided on the homepage of this website the evening of the meeting.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING PUBLIC COMMENT PROTOCOL MODIFICATIONS (1/20/21)

Public Comment Protocol for Board Meetings: Effective January 26, 2021

Effective January 26, 2021, public attendance at School Board Meetings will be modified to accommodate current pandemic safety measures. Please be advised that our modified public attendance protocol, and per the PA Department of Health's face covering guidelines and physical distancing, requires the public to wear a face mask at all times and remain six feet apart when in the building.

Board Policy 903

Per Board Policy 903 adopted on November 12, 2019, residents who have detailed and involved inquiries are encouraged to contact the administration during the working day. Interviews and meetings will be arranged whereby the issues can be discussed in depth without duly delaying the public Board meeting. The Presiding Officer may declare that any inquiry should more properly be resolved by a personal meeting of the resident with the Administration member. 

  1. During a Work Session/Regular Business meeting, residents may address the Board during the Community Comments section at the beginning and the end of the agenda.
  2. During the Committee of the Whole meeting and Special meeting, residents are welcome to submit a comment on agenda items. The Presiding Officer will oversee the community comments.
  3. A resident's comments are limited to three (3) minutes per person. A majority vote of the Board may extend this period.
  4. Should any resident desire more time than the three (3) minutes allotted, contact with the Office of the Superintendent should be made in advance of the meeting as part of their comment request for Board “consideration.” The resident cannot yield his/her three (3) minutes to another resident to extend the time beyond three (3) minutes. A resident may not yield his/her three (3) minutes to a nonresident without prior approval from the presiding officer's administration or consent.

Electronically Submitted Comments:

Community members unable to attend in person to deliver public comments may email their comments to boardcomments@centennialsd.org. Emailed comments will be provided to the entire Board of School Directors and the Superintendent and attached to the Board meeting minutes. As such, all written Public Comment submissions will be available for review by members of the public. Emailed comments will not be read aloud as part of the Public Comment portion of the Board Meeting.

Committee of the Whole meeting public comments must be regarding items on the agenda and attached to the Board meeting minutes; as such, all written Public Comment submissions will be available for review by members of the public.

Work Session/Regular Business meeting public comments may be regarding items on the agenda or other items related to Centennial School District's operations.

The email should include:

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).

Decorum and Compliance Statement

Public Comment submissions and requests that violate federal, state, or local laws, Centennial School District policies, or administrative regulations will be excluded from being read and/or attached to the board minutes.

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 those who appropriately registered to speak.
  3. The time allotted for remote Public Comment (if necessary) will be up to 30 minutes for those who appropriately registered to speak.
  4. Public Comment periods may be extended by a majority vote of the school board.
  5. Residents may sign-up to speak beginning on the Monday before the meeting until 2 p.m. the day of the meeting.
  6. In-Person Comments (10-person limit, first ten registered):
    1. Anyone who wishes to speak must complete and submit their request via email to boardcomments@centennialsd.org as outlined in item (b) below per Centennial School District’s Administrative Regulation 903 along with a copy of their statement by 2:00 pm. on the scheduled meeting date.
    2. The email should include: 

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. 

a. Residents should arrive at the Centennial Administration building administration main entrance by 6:45 p.m. to check-in, participate in the CSD health & wellness check protocol, and be escorted to the designated area.

b. Anyone who is not registered within the 10-person limit will be offered an opportunity to speak remotely.

c. Anyone who does not appropriately submit their comments by the deadline or shows up late will have to wait until the next Board meeting.

  1. Remote Comments
    1. Anyone who wishes to speak remotely must complete and submit a request via email to boardcomments@centennialsd.org with the below-listed information (outlined in Administrative Regulation 903) along with a copy of their statement by 2:00 p.m. on the scheduled meeting day.
    2. Anyone who does not appropriately submit their comments by the deadline will have to wait until the next Board meeting.
    3. The email should include:

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.

Overview of the process:

In-Person

In-person speakers will be called upon before remote speakers.

When it is the selected person's turn to speak, they will be directed to follow the designated route to the public microphone.

Once directed to begin, they will state their name and address and make their comment. They will have three (3) minutes to speak.

After they have finished speaking, they return to their designated seat until the end of the comment period or the end of the meeting. Residents who desire to leave after the comment period or before the meeting ends shall be directed to the designated exit.

Remote Speakers/Call-In

After completing all in-person speakers, remote speakers will be called upon in the order of the receipt of their request to comment.

Once directed to begin, they state their name and address and make their comment. They will have three (3) minutes to speak.

Modifications or Removal of Health Restrictions

When the health restrictions are modified or lifted, Public Comments will be adjusted as appropriate to support in-person attendance based upon the health and safety of ALL as determined by Centennial School District.