Citizen Participation

The responsibility rests for making decisions with the seven elected Board members. The School Board is, however, very interested in hearing from the public. Members of the public may wish to bring certain matters to the Board’s attention. This may be done in one of the following two ways:

If the matter is of a lengthy nature, you may wish to be placed on the agenda of the Board. It is necessary that a written request be given to the Superintendent of Schools at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.

Another means of communicating with the Board is through the “Public Comment” portion of the the Board agenda, which is set aside at every Board meeting for persons in the audience who wish to be heard.

If you wish to be heard during the “Public Comment” section of the meeting, you should use the following guidelines:

  • Be recognized by the President of the Board.
  • State your name.
  • Present your statement of concern or question to the Board.
  • Complaints concerning school personnel or students cannot be discussed in an open public meeting unless the individual(s) involved are notified and agree (P.A. 267 of 1976). Such complaints should be forwarded to the Board in care of the Superintendent, unless the complaint involves the Superintendent, in which case it should be processed through the Board President. An open or closed meeting, according to the wishes of the person(s) involved, will be arranged.
  • In order to adhere to the proposed agenda, the Board President may limit the time any one speaker may consume in his/her presentation.
  • The Board will hear comments from the audience but may defer action until a subsequent meeting in order to gather information and study all aspects of the matter brought to their attention.
  • The Tecumseh Board of Education pledges its courteous attention to those who wish to be heard. In return, the Board asks that the members of the audience refrain from loud talking and interruptions during the meeting.