Public Comment Protocol During Meetings
The Board of Trustees welcomes the input of the public during its meetings. Per Board bylaw #9323, a person wishing to be heard by the Board shall first be recognized by the President, and shall proceed to comment. Individual speakers shall be allowed three minutes to address the Board on each agenda or non-agenda item.
The Board shall limit the total time for public input on each item to 20 minutes. With Board consent, the President may increase or decrease the time allowed for public presentation, depending on the topic and the number of persons wishing to be heard. The President may take a poll of speakers for or against a particular issue, and may ask that additional persons speak only if they have something new to add. The Board president also may rule on the appropriateness of a topic; if the topic would be more suitably addressed at a later time, the President may indicate the time and place where it should be presented.
Closed session commences at 5pm, and the public portion of the meeting begins at 6:30pm; to make a comment on any agenda item, including the closed session agenda, please ask for a name slip as you enter the board room. If you wish to make a comment on a closed session item, you must be present at 5pm before the Board adjourns into closed session. If you wish to make a comment on an open meeting agenda item, you must be present at 6:30pm when the meeting opens into closed session.
Upon request, the meeting agenda will be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with disabilities, as required by Section 202 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any person with a disability who requires a modification or accommodation in order to access, provide public comment during, or otherwise participate in a meeting should direct such request to the Superintendent’s Office at 784-2201. Timely notification prior to a meeting will enable the District to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility.
Pursuant to Government Code 54957.5, copies of agenda materials are available at the District Office, 840 S. Main St., Salinas, California. Pursuant to Government Code section 54957.5, writings that are public records that relate to an open session agenda item and are distributed to a majority of Board members less than 72 hours prior to the meeting are available for public inspection at the District Office.