School Board Public Comment Procedure Change

School Board Public Comment Procedure Change

Beginning at the next regularly scheduled board meeting on January 25, 2021, the Monroe School District Board of Directors will be changing current practices and allowing community members to speak via Zoom during the public comment portion of the meeting. Written comments submitted via email to the school board will no longer be read aloud by the board president during meetings. Community members wishing to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting must submit an Audience Comment Form prior to the meeting.

All public comments must adhere to the parameters in Board Policy 1400, outlined on our website. Please note that school board directors do not engage in direct conversation with audience members during meetings. If you would like an answer to a specific question, please email the board at schoolboard@monroe.wednet.edu.

If a community member wishes to speak during the public comment portion of the Zoom meeting and has submitted an Audience Comment Form, they will need to use the first and last name and email address submitted on the Audience Comment Form when logging into the meeting so the board can identify speakers from the list of attendees when it is their turn to speak. During public comment, our Zoom moderator will move speakers from the list of attendees to join the school board on screen. Once the comment is finished (or three minutes have passed) speakers will be moved back over as attendees.

Questions should be directed to Gini Sorgen at sorgeng@monroe.wednet.edu or 360-804-2504.