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Meetings
All meetings are held in the Knoch Middle School library at 7:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole meetings serve as the agenda setting meeting for the Board of Directors and are held the first Wednesday of each month.  Regular meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month.

Public Participation in School Board Meetings
The School Board recognizes the value to school governance of public comment on educational issues and the importance of involving members of the public in School Board meetings.  In order to permit fair and orderly expression of such comment, the School Board will provide a period for public participation at every open meeting.

Formal Presentations
Any person or group wishing to formally address the School Board shall file with the Superintendent, at least ten (10) days prior to a meeting, a written request to be placed on the agenda.  Specific information regarding the nature of the petition to the School Board shall include the following in the written request: name and address of the person making the request; organization, if any, or group, if any, represented; content of information to be presented, including a copy of written material to be handed out, if any; specific questions to be asked or specific action desired of the School Board; and any items which may be presented in the form of statements or charges that might be considered derogatory, or of another serious nature.  The Superintendent reserves the right to determine if the requested topic will be placed on the agenda and will respond in writing to the requester.  If approval is given, the requester will be notified of the date of the meeting at which their presentation may be made and the place assigned on the agenda.

No subject shall be allotted more than thirty (30) minutes at any School Board meeting.  A maximum of fifteen (15) minutes will be allowed to the proponent of a subject or request, of which ten (10) minutes may be used for presentation and the remaining five (5) minutes for questions by the School Board and Superintendent.  Equal time will be allotted for an opponent, if any.  If there is more than one speaker on each side of a question, it shall be the responsibility of the chairperson of each group to divide the ten (10) minute period. In the event that an individual or a group of individuals refuse to abide by the rules and regulations of the School Board, the School Board shall have the right to terminate any further discussion at the discretion of the President or through action of the School Board.

Any person or representative of an organization or group who has not made prior arrangements may be heard at the discretion of the President of the School Board.

Public to be Heard Section of School Board Meetings
Any taxpayer or resident of the South Butler County School District may address issues which are on the School Board agenda or issues which may come before the School Board for future action.  Under rules adopted by the School Board, each person must identify himself or herself and be a resident or taxpayer of the school district.  Each person is limited to no more than five (5) minutes and the total public to be heard session is limited to thirty (30) minutes per meeting.  No personal attacks on the character or reputation of employees, Directors, or Administrators will be tolerated.

Questions by the Audience on Voted Items
Any member of the audience attending the School Board meeting that desires to raise questions or seek clarification with regard to the business conducted by the School Board shall be given an opportunity to do so prior to adjournment of each meeting.  Time for questions and answers will not exceed thirty (30) minutes at any School Board meeting.