We are adjusting to the new mandates form the Governor this week in our preparations to welcome our students back to school this fall. We are very excited to get all of our students back in school learning and interacting with each other.
With the Governors latest mask mandate everyone who enters a KFCS building will be required to wear a mask beginning Friday August 13, 2021. The Governors office has indicated that they will assess the need for this mandate on a monthly basis. Please keep in mind that KFCS does not have local control on this mandate.
I have been asked this week about public participation in School Board meetings. The KFCS policy for public participation in school board meetings is very clear. The KFCS policy (along with all the district policies) is available on our web site by clicking HERE. Additionally, I have attached the policy in this letter below.
KFCS Board Policy for Public Comment at Board Meetings (BDDH)
All Board meetings, with the exception of executive sessions, will be open to the public. The Board invites district citizens to attend Board meetings to become acquainted with the program and operation of the district. Members of the public also are encouraged to share their ideas and opinions with the Board when appropriate.
It is the intent of the Board to ensure communications with individuals with disabilities are as effective as communications with others. Individuals with hearing, vision or speech impairments will be given an equal opportunity to participate in Board meetings. Primary consideration will be given to requests of qualified individuals with disabilities in selecting appropriate auxiliary aids and services.
Auxiliary aids and services for the persons with disabilities will be available at no charge to the individual. All auxiliary aids and/or service requests must be made with appropriate advance notice. Should the Board demonstrate such requests would result in a fundamental alteration in the service, program or activity, or an undue financial and administrative burden, an alternative, equally effective means of communication will be used.
During a session of a Board meeting open to the public, members of the public may be invited to present comments during the designated portion of the agenda. At the discretion of the Board chair, further public comment may be allowed.
Request for an Item on the Agenda:
A member of the public may request the superintendent consider placing an item on the agenda of a regular Board meeting. This request should be made in writing and presented to the superintendent for consideration at least five working days prior to the scheduled meeting.
Procedures for Public Comment at Meetings:
The Board will establish procedures for public participation in open meetings. The purpose of these procedures will be to inform the public how to effectively participate in Board meetings for the best interests of the individual, the district and the patrons. The information will be easily accessible and available to all patrons attending a public Board meeting.
- Discussion or presentation concerning a published agenda item is limited to its designated place on the agenda, unless otherwise authorized by the Board chair.
- A visitor speaking during the meeting may introduce a topic not on the published agenda. The Board, at its discretion, may require that a proposal, inquiry or request be submitted, in writing, and reserves the right to refer the matter to the administration for action or study.
- Any person who is invited by the Board chair to speak to the Board during a meeting should state his/her name and address and, if speaking for an organization, the name and identity of the organization. A spokesperson should be designated to represent a group with a common purpose.
- Statements by members of the public should be brief and concise. The Board chair may use discretion to establish a time limit on discussion or oral presentation by visitors.
- Questions asked by the public, when possible, will be answered by the Board chair or referred to the superintendent for reply. Questions requiring investigation may, at the discretion of the Board chair, be referred to the superintendent for response at a later time.
- At the discretion of the Board chair, anyone wishing to speak before the Board, either as an individual or as a member of a group, on any agenda item or other topic, may do so by providing the Board secretary with a completed registration card or sign-in sheet, prior to the Board meeting, in order to allow the chair to provide adequate time for each agenda item.
The Board chair should be alert to see that all visitors have been acknowledged and thanked for their presence and for any contributed comments on agenda issues. Similar courtesy should be extended to members of staff who have been in attendance. Their return for future meetings should be welcomed.
Petitions may be accepted at any Board meeting. No action will be taken in response to a petition before the next regular meeting. Petitions will be referred to the superintendent for consideration and recommendation.
Criticism of Staff Members:
Criticisms of Staff Members Speakers may offer objective criticism of district operations and programs, but the Board will not hear complaints concerning individual district personnel. The Board chair will direct the visitor to the appropriate means for Board consideration and disposition of legitimate complaints involving such individuals.
We are Klamath Strong!
Keith A. Brown