Public Comment

A time for public comment occurs at regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings to provide an opportunity for individuals to address the board regarding school district issues.

Due to circumstances related to COVID-19, and in order to adequately plan for public safety, we ask that patrons submit a request to make public comment no later than noon (12:00 p.m.) on the day of a regularly scheduled Board Meeting. Patrons in attendance at the meeting must wear a mask. 

If you would like to address the board during Public Comment, the clerk of the board, Terry Wintering, will guide you through this process. She may be contacted at 913-993-6401 or at terrywintering@smsd.org. While comments must be received no later than noon on the Monday of the meeting, patrons are encouraged to electronically submit their requests to speak at Public Comment by 3:30 p.m. the Friday before a regularly scheduled Board Meeting. You may make your electronic submission using this form. This early submission may allow the district to research and/or address patron concerns before the meeting. The president may impose a time limit of 3 minutes or less for each speaker, in order to provide as many patrons as possible the opportunity to speak.

Requests for auxiliary aids or services for persons needing assistance to address the board should be made with appropriate advance notice.

There are a few reminders that will help speakers have a constructive and positive experience when presenting your comments to the board.

When making your remarks:

—Please proceed to the podium when your name is called and share your name, city of residency, what schools your children attend if applicable, and the name of any group or organization you are representing.

—Please limit your remarks to three minutes or less as indicated by the President.

—In consideration of everyone’s time, please select a group spokesperson to represent your interests or you may choose to pass when your name is called if a previous speaker has already expressed your concerns.

—Written comments and/or materials will be accepted and should be given to the clerk of the board for distribution. Please ensure there are at least eight (8) copies for distribution.

—Please make your comments while remaining behind the podium.

—Complaints regarding students or staff should first be addressed to administration in accordance with board policy KN – Complaints. If that procedure has been completed, the board will consider whether to hear such complaints in executive session in order to protect the privacy interests of the student(s) and/ or staff involved.

—If comments pertain to an item on that meeting’s agenda, the board president may ask the superintendent, or his or her designee, to address those comments at that time or when the item is up for board discussion.

—Generally, responses from board members during Public Comment will be limited to clarifying questions.