Public Participation at Board Meetings

  • The Board welcomes your presence and participation at its meetings. The public may speak to the Board on matters of public concern during the regular monthly meetings. Complete guidelines for public participation at Board meetings are found in Board of Education Policy 2310: Public Participation at Board Meetings.

    Comments must be directly issue-oriented with the agenda items for the Board's current meeting; or related to matters under control of the Board. Subjects normally handled in closed session cannot be discussed in open session. The job competence and performance of individual school system employees, matters concerning Onslow County school students or their educational records, and other matters unrelated to the topics before the Board are not proper subjects for discussion or comment. The proper procedure for addressing issues dealing with employees or students is to submit comments in writing to the Superintendent or to pursue a grievance before the Board of Education’s Hearing Panel.

    To allow equal opportunity to everyone interested in speaking, each person or group representative will be granted five (5) minutes of the designated public comment period to address the Board.

    Those wishing to sign up for public participation, must sign in using the "Invitation to Address the Board" form located at the table near the entrance to the regular Board of Education Meeting room. The form must be turned in to the Board's administraive assistant at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the Board’s meeting or by 5:50 pm. 

    Public Comment:

    • Each speaker will receive five (5) minutes to present comments.
    • Comments must be directly issue-oriented with agenda items for the Board’s current meeting; or related to matters under control of the Board.  
    • The public comment session will not exceed 30 minutes total except by majority vote of the Board.