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 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.
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