Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
November 30, 2012 10:15 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Public participation will be permitted at the special work session to be held by the Mount Vernon City Schools Board of Education on Dec. 6, board president Margie Bennett informed the News on Thursday.


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She said public participation will be limited according to the established board guidelines for public participation. The guidelines, available on the district’s website state, in part:

•Attendees must register their intention to participate in the public portion of the meeting upon their arrival at the meeting.

•Participants must be recognized by the presiding officer [board president] and will be requested to preface their comments by an announcement of their name, address and group affiliation, if and when appropriate. Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to three minutes duration.

•No participant may speak more than once on the same topic unless all others who wish to speak on that topic have been heard.

•All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer; no person may address or question board members individually.

•The portion of the meeting during which the participation of the public is invited shall be limited to 15 minutes unless extended by the presiding officer.

Bennett suggested that school district resident who wish to have board members consider their recommendations contact the board members via email before Dec. 4, “so we may have some time individually to think about and possibly investigate or follow-up on any possible ramifications to implementing the suggestions made.”

Email addresses for board members may be accessed through the school district website,

It is expected that an agenda for the meeting will be available on Wednesday.

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