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Public Participation at Board Meetings
The Belton School District Board of Education customarily meets at 7 p.m. on the second and last Thursday of each month. Regular meetings (the second Thursday of the month) take place on the 3rd floor of Central Office, located at 110 W. Walnut. Workshop meetings (the last Thursday of the month). Locations can be changed up to 24 hours before the meeting takes place.Any member of the public who wishes to have an item placed on the agenda will present the request in writing to the superintendent or designee. The request must be submitted pursuant to Board policy and received three (3) business days prior to the scheduled meeting. The item will then be considered for placement on the agenda. The Board reserves the right to impose reasonable restrictions on the number of items to be considered, the number of spokespersons, and the speaking time of spokespersons appearing before the Board. If the meeting agenda is full, the Board reserves the right to reschedule an item for the next regularly scheduled meeting. The Board may refuse to address an issue that has not gone through the appropriate grievance procedure. The Board reserves the right to waive formalities in emergency situations, within the limitations of the law. The public comment period time limit is five minutes.Please send all requests to the Superintendent’s Office, 110 W. Walnut, or reach out to Teresa Stocking, Board Secretary. Per District policy BDDB, a tentative agenda for each meeting of the Board shall be prepared by the Superintendent, in consultation with the Board President.Anyone wanting to address the board of education on any item listed on the current agenda may do so during a regularly scheduled meeting and must complete a form that will be available on site. After completing the form it should be given to the Secretary to the Board of Education or designee, fifteen (15) minutes prior (6:45 p.m.) to the beginning of the regularly scheduled meeting time (7 p.m.). A five (5) minute time limit has been established for all speakers who have signed up with a maximum of two (2) speakers per topic. Speakers will not be permitted to participate in gossip, make defamatory comments, or use abusive or vulgar language. The president of the board has the option to stop the proceedings at any time. Comments will not be made part of any official minutes of the meeting and no response will be given from the board to presentations made. Issues of personnel (including, but not limited to, specific names, employment, supervision, evaluation, and termination of staff) or student matters (including, but not limited to, specific names, student behavior, records, discipline) are not appropriate for discussion at open meetings. If a patron has a concern regarding any of those issues, they should address them with the appropriate building principal or supervisor, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, or Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Services. If concerns still exist, they should contact the superintendent, and/or communicate in person, or in writing, with members of the Board of Education.