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Who Can Attend Board Meetings

Who Can Attend Forney ISD Board of Trustee Meetings?

Citizens are welcome and encouraged to attend all school board meetings. If unable to attend the meetings, citizens are welcome to read about board action in the local newspaper. Videos of the board meetings are posted on the District website no later than 10 business days following the board meeting. Minutes are not available or official until approved at the following regular meeting of the Board. 

During a meeting, there are legally specified circumstances that call for an adjournment to closed session for discussion and consideration. These circumstances include personnel matters, land acquisitions or sales, legal consultation, and student or employee hearings. All votes, however, are taken in public. 

Public participation at board meetings is limited to the open forum portions of board meetings. The audience shall not, at any other time during a board meeting, enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the school board.

Individuals who have questions, concerns, or suggestions should first contact the teacher or campus administrator. Matters not resolved satisfactorily at the campus level should then be brought to the district administrator who oversees that program and then finally to the Superintendent prior to a forum with the Board. If the concern is a grievence, then individual would need to go through the grievance process prior to addressing the board at a board meeting.

Contact the school board by phone at (469) 762-4100. 

Board Meetings
Public Participation

Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the portion of the meeting designated to receive public comment in accordance with this policy. At all other times during a Board meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the presiding officer.

At regular Board meetings, the Board shall permit public comment, regardless of whether the topic is an item on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting. 

At all other Board meetings, public comment shall be limited to items on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting. 

Individuals who wish to participate during the portion of the meeting designated for public comment shall sign up with the presiding officer or designee before the meeting begins as specified in the Board’s procedures on public comment and shall indicate the agenda item or topic on which they wish to address the Board. 

Except as permitted by this policy and the Board’s procedures on public comment, an individual’s comments to the Board shall not exceed three minutes per meeting. 

When necessary for effective meeting management or to accommodate large numbers of individuals wishing to address the Board, the presiding officer may make adjustments to public comment procedures, including adjusting when public comment will occur during the meeting, reordering agenda items, deferring public comment on nonagenda items, continuing agenda items to a later meeting, providing expanded opportunity for public comment, or establishing an overall time limit for public comment and adjusting the time allotted to each speaker. However, no individual shall be given less than one minute to make comments. 

Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not deliberate or decide regarding any subject that is not included on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting. 

The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether an individual addressing the Board has attempted to solve a matter administratively through resolution channels established by policy. If not, the individual shall be referred to the appropriate policy to seek resolution: 

  • Employee complaints: DGBA
  • Student or parent complaints: FNG
  • Public complaints: GF

The Board shall not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the audience. If, after at least one warning from the presiding officer, any individual continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, the presiding officer may request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the individual removed from the meeting.