Term Expires: May 2017
County Council President
The School District of Palm Beach envisions a dynamic collaborative multicultural community where education and lifelong learning are valued and supported, and all learners reach their highest potential and succeed in the global economy.
The School District of Palm Beach County is committed to providing a world-class education with excellence and equity to empower each student to reach his or her highest potential with the most effective staff to foster the knowledge, skills, and ethics required for responsible citizenship and productive careers.
ADDRESSING THE BOARD
The School Board of Palm Beach County welcomes and encourages citizens to be involved and attend its meetings. Time is set aside at each of the regularly-scheduled monthly meetings to allow Palm Beach County residents, businesses, organizations, or District employees to address the Board.
The Public Comment period is designed to gain input from the public. While the Board cannot assure each speaker of a specific or individualized response, the Board will consider the public comments and any supporting materials provided by speakers.
REGISTERING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD
Public comment is accepted on agenda topic only at Policy Workshops and Special Meetings, and on any topic at Regular Board Meetings. Please contact the Board Office by noon the day of the meeting to be added to the Speaker’s List in advance. If the deadline has passed, speakers may obtain a blue “Comments by The Public” card located just inside the Board Room and submit it to the Board Clerk prior to the meeting being called to order. Once the meeting has been called to order, no additional speakers or comment cards will be accepted.
Speakers will not be denied the opportunity to speak on the basis of their viewpoint: however, the public is urged to follow the District’s Issues Resolution Process before presenting issues or concerns to the Board through public comment.
PROCEDURES FOR ADDRESSING THE BOARD
To ensure orderly pursuit of business and to provide opportunities for input, the School Board of Palm Beach County has adopted these rules found in School Board Policy 1.03. Failure to follow these rules may result in termination of a speaker’s comments.
- Speakers must have signed up to speak through the Board Office (561-434-8136) prior to the meeting or by registering via a “Comments by The Public” (Blue Card) located just inside the Board Room. If registering via “Blue Card”, it must be submitted to the Board Clerk prior to the meeting being called to order. Speakers should begin their comments by stating their name, connection or interest in the School District of Palm beach County, and if so authorized, the organization they represent.
- Speakers should be courteous and professional. The Board Chairman may terminate the public comments that are profane, vulgar, or defamatory.
- Speakers will be heard in the order in which they signed up.
- Speakers have three (3) minutes each and must stop speaking promptly when signaled.
- Speakers may not address confidential student or personnel matters, but may submit such concerns to the Board in writing.
Each month the School Board of Palm Beach County holds public meetings to discuss educational issues and act on items requiring Board approval. Workshops give the Board and public an opportunity to focus in depth on topics of interest. Special Meetings and Regular Board Meetings consist of agenda items requiring Board approval.
All School Board meetings can be watched live from a computer through video streaming technology used by the School District of Palm Beach County. Recordings of the meetings are archived online. Meeting are broadcast through The Education Network (T.E.N.) on Comcast Channels 234 and 235, and on AT&T U-verse Channel 99.
Regular Board meetings are typically scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month, except where noted, and begin at 5:00 PM. Workshops and Special Meetings typically begin at 2:00 PM. Please consult the Education Events and Meetings Calendar on the District’s website for complete schedule.
The agenda for current meetings, as well as School Board policies, are found through the District’s web page on BoardDocs.
Please contact the Board Office with questions regarding addressing the Board, where to find current agendas, School Board policies, or meeting schedules.
ISSUE RESOLUTION PROCESS
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to first seek resolution at the local level through the appropriate staff member or department head closest to the issue. For example, if it is a student matter, the first point of contact is usually the teacher. If the matter has been addressed by the appropriate staff, such as the teacher and the principal at the local school level, and the parent/guardian feels that additional attention is warranted, the next point of contact is the Regional Superintendent. The following is a list of Regional Superintendents by area.
Dr. Camille Coleman
Dr. Ian Saltzman
Dr. Frank Rodriguez