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.


Write to the Board
To write to the School Board and District Leadership, email boardoffice@palmbeachschools.org
Registering to Address the Board
Public comment is accepted on agenda topics 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 can 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 the orderly administration 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.
  • Instructions for addressing the board can be found in BoardDocs.

  • Public comment can be made in one of two ways:

    • 1. In-Person:
      The public can attend the meeting in a room or rooms at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center. A room or rooms will be provided for the public to view, listen, and/or provide public comment. Speakers must be signed up in advance of the meeting by calling the Board Office at any one of these phone numbers: 561-434-8136, 561-434-8139, 561-434-7481, or 561-434-8131. The deadline to sign up to speak is noon the day of the meeting.

    • 2. By Recorded Message:
      Public comment can also be received by leaving a voice-recorded message that will be played in the meeting, by calling 561-684-5103. Comments are limited to four (4) minutes for elected official/delegates and three (3) minutes for agenda and non-agenda topic speakers. Your recorded comments will be heard during the live meeting, where appropriate in the agenda.

      Please be sure to state your name in your message, as no anonymous comments will be accepted. Deadline to be included in a meeting is noon the day of the meeting. After that time, comments can only be accepted in writing by emailing the Board Clerk at carol.bass@palmbeachschools.org.

      Best efforts will be made to include comments and evidence received the same afternoon and up to the time the meeting is called to order. All public comments and evidence timely received as stated will be attached to the meeting minutes. Anyone interested in additional information can contact Carol Bass, Board Clerk at 561-434-8136 or by email carol.bass@palmbeachschools.org.

  • Safety Protocols for Entering FHESC to View/Listen/Speak:

    Temperatures will be taken before entrance is permitted. Facial coverings (masks) are mandatory. Social distancing is required. Rooms will have a maximum number of guests allowed. Anyone denied access due to temperature will be given instructions to email comments to the Board Clerk at the address mentioned above.
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