It is the policy of the Richland Parish School Board to conduct all meetings open and with welcomed participation by the public.  The Board may upon formal carried motion recess into or call executive sessions for discussing private matters.  At no time will actions be taken or resolutions made during executive sessions.


All delegations or individuals who wish to appear before the Board shall submit their requests to the Superintendent at least 24 hours prior to the meeting date, stating what matters they wish to take up with the Board and the approximate time such matter should consume at the meeting.  The Superintendent shall have the authority to determine whether items requested are significant enough to warrant Board action and inclusion on the agenda.  Each delegation appearing before the Board shall select one person in advance as its spokesman and notify the Superintendent.  The President of the Board may recognize persons at the Board meeting for the purpose of introducing such person.  A person is not entitled to take up business before the Board unless the item in which he is interested has been placed on the agenda of that meeting.


In the event that the Board should add an item to its agenda after the Board meeting begins, the Board 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 Board on each agenda item added.  The Board shall delay deliberations on that agenda item until such time as all interested members of the public have had an opportunity to speak.


A public comment period shall precede any vote on an agenda item.  Comments shall be relative to the agenda item and shall be made in an orderly manner.


The President shall have the authority to remove any person disrupting or interfering in any manner with the orderly process of a meeting of the Board.


Revised:  September, 2008

Approved:  November 11, 2008



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:81, 42:14, 42:15, 42:16, 42:23

Board minutes, 11-11-08


Richland Parish School Board