Public Participation at Board Meetings

Olentangy welcomes public participation at its regular business meetings and offers two opportunities for public participation. Any individual wishing to address the board during a meeting must sign in with the treasurer.

Individuals have two opportunities during the business meeting to comment on matters of concern.

The first opportunity takes place at the beginning of the business meeting and is for general comments on matters relevant to the school district. Those wishing to participate must complete a “Public Participation” form and provide it to the treasurer.

The second opportunity, which takes place immediately prior to the “Action Items” portion of the agenda, is for comments that are directly related to a particular agenda item. Those wishing to speak must submit a complete “Public Participation” form to the treasurer before the “Action Items” section of the agenda.

At both public speaking opportunities, individuals are allowed five minutes in which to make statements and a maximum total public participation of 30 minutes for each public speaking session. Speakers will be recognized by the board president and must state his/her name and address.

The board encourages the public to offer comments and express opinions. Speakers are strongly encouraged to discuss their comments and concerns with the appropriate school staff members, administrators, and/or board members before directing such comments to the entire board during a meeting. Individual problems will not be handled at board meetings unless all other avenues of redress have been followed and an appeal is made in writing to the district treasurer at least four business days prior to the meeting.

Work session agendas do not include action items or public participation sessions.