All evening activities at DCS facilities are canceled for today, Thursday, February 27th. This includes Community Education Activities, Middle School Athletics, and Community Meetings. DHS Varsity Hockey Districts will still be played as they are an MHSAA district contest.
The Reproductive Health Curriculum Community Information Session is also canceled and is rescheduled for Thursday, March 12th from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Creekside Intermediate School Room 311. There will not be a second hearing or DCS Board Discussion regarding the Reproductive Health Proposal until after we have the opportunity to hold the community session on March 12th and have time to review the questions asked from community members at that session. See the Superintendent's page for more details and a FAQ: dexterschools.org/superintendent
Meetings are generally held every second Monday during the school year, and monthly during the summer.
Meetings are open to the public so that citizens may have the benefit of observing Board business. All formal action by the Board of Education takes place during the public meetings. Closed sessions may be held to discuss the purchase or lease of property, certain student or employee disciplinary matters, disputes involving court action, the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, and other purposes as allowed by law.
0167.3 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT BOARD MEETINGS
The Board of Education recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on District matters.
To permit fair and orderly public expression, the Board shall provide two periods for public participation at public meetings of the Board and publish rules to govern such participation in Board meetings and in Board committee meetings. The rules shall be administered and enforced by the presiding officer of the meeting.
The presiding officer shall be guided by the following rules:
- Public participation shall be permitted at a time as indicated on the meeting agenda and as determined by the presiding officer.
- Anyone with concerns related to the operation of the schools or to matters within the authority of the Board may participate during the public portion of a meeting.
- Participants shall direct all comments to the Board and not to staff or other participants.
- The presiding officer may:
- prohibit public comments which are frivolous, repetitive, or harassing;
- interrupt, warn, or terminate a participant's statement when the statement is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant;
- request any individual to leave the meeting when that person behaves in a manner that is disruptive of the orderly conduct of the meeting;
General Rules for Public Participation
- Individuals will be recognized by the Board President or presiding chair when it is their opportunity to address the Board.
- Each speaker will be asked to announce his/her name and affiliation before beginning to speak.
- One speaker may not yield his/her time to another. No person may speak more than once at either commentary opportunity. No person may speak more than once on the same subject during a single meeting.
- If a large group plans to attend, they are encouraged to select up to five (5) representatives to speak on their behalf.
- Persons who wish to address the Board at board meetings should complete a public comment form. Forms are available on the District website, from the Superintendent's office, and at all meeting locations. This form should be presented to the Board President or presiding chair at the beginning of the meeting.
- Members of the Board and district employees will not answer questions or comments during public participation. Persons requesting an individual response shall note the request on the Public Comment Card and include appropriate contact information.
- Citizens with concerns or complaints about school employees should use the protocol outlined in board policy 9130: Citizen Complaints. Citizens are encouraged to utilize established channels before bringing the matter to the School Board. Employees have contractual and legal rights and may request a closed meeting if complaints reach the Board level.
- Speakers addressing the board shall take into consideration rules of common courtesy. Speakers who make attacks of a personal nature and/or who do not abide by rules of common courtesy will be reminded of such rules by the Board President or presiding chair. Such individuals may be asked to leave the meeting if their behavior is disruptive or interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting.
- Audio or video recordings are permitted subject to the following conditions:
- No obstructions are created between the Board and the audience.
- No interviews are conducted in the meeting room while the Board is in session.
- No commentary, adjustment of equipment, or positioning of operators is made that would distract either the Board or members of the audience while the Board is in session
- The person operating the recording device should contact the Superintendent prior to the Board meeting to review possible placement of the equipment.
First Public Commentary
The first public commentary, scheduled near the beginning of all Board meetings, workshops, and committee meetings, shall be limited to an accumulated time of thirty (30) minutes. Time may be extended at the discretion of the Board President or presiding chair.
Individual speakers will be allotted a maximum of five (5) minutes, however, the time may be reduced if a large number of persons wishes to address the Board. In these instances, the number of speakers will be divided equally into the thirty (30)-minute time limit. For example, if ten (10) persons wish to address the Board, each individual will be given three (3) minutes.
Second Public Commentary
The second opportunity for public commentary, scheduled near the end of all Board meetings, shall be limited to an accumulated time of fifteen (15) minutes. Time may be extended at the discretion of the Board President or presiding chair.
Persons who wish to address the Board during the second opportunity for public participation shall form a line at a location to be designated and will be recognized by the Board President or presiding chair in the order of assembly.
Individuals will be allotted a maximum of three (3) minutes, however, the time may be reduced if a large number of persons wishes o address the Board. In these instances, the number of speakers will be divided equally into the fifteen 15)-minute time limit. For example, if fifteen (15) persons wish to address the Board, each individual will be given one minute.