It is the policy of the West Baton Rouge Parish School Board to conduct all meetings in full view of and with welcomed participation by the public. However, the School Board reserves the right to recess into or call executive sessions for discussing private matters as provided by State Law. At no time shall actions be taken or resolutions made during executive sessions.
The School Board has approved two methods for the public to address the School Board. The first method requires all delegations or individuals who wish to appear before the School Board to submit their requests to the Superintendent in writing at least five (5) days prior to the meeting date, stating what matters they wish to take up with the School Board and the approximate time such matters should consume at the meeting. The Superintendent shall have the authority to determine whether items requested are significant enough to be referred to the appropriate School Board committee. Each delegation appearing before the Board shall select one person in advance as its spokesperson and notify the Superintendent.
In addition, the public may also address the School Board during a public comment period held before any vote is taken on an agenda item. The comment period shall precede each agenda item and shall be conducted in accordance with regulations established by the School Board. However, a person is not entitled to take up business before the School Board unless the item in which he/she is interested has been placed on the agenda of that meeting.
In the event that the School Board should add an item to its agenda after the School Board meeting begins, the President shall orally request of the audience whether anyone in attendance would like to speak on the added agenda item. Each person indicating a desire to do so shall be given an opportunity to address the School Board on each agenda item added. The School Board shall delay deliberations on that agenda item until such time as all interested members of the public have had an opportunity to speak. Public comments or discussions relative to unscheduled items on committee or Board agendas, as approved by a unanimous vote, shall be considered after the last agenda items on the official agendas.