Business Meetings are those at which
the Board of Education acts on the vast majority of items under its
jurisdiction. The meetings are open to the public and citizens are allowed to
speak during Public Comment portions of the meeting.
Executive Meetings are conducted
when the Board of Education must review and discuss confidential matters. These
sessions can be held during the Work Session or Business meetings or as a
separate meeting on a different time and day. Topics for discussion in
Executive session would include legal matters, personnel matters, student
matters and contract matters. These
meetings are not open to the public. Any
discussion held by the Board in Executive Session that need not remain
confidential will be made public.
Matters still pending and under discussion will not be disclosed to the
public until the need for confidentiality no longer exists.
When it is necessary to schedule
additional Board meetings, a minimum of 48 hours for legal public notice must
be provided. Examples of special
meetings include budget meetings, Board Retreat meetings or Student hearings.
Special meetings may require Executive Session as well.
When May Visitors Speak At Meetings?
The Pennsauken Board of Education
recognizes that the schools are a concern of all members of our community. Therefore, public comment is afforded to all citizens at Business meetings. Public comments on agenda items only are heard at the
beginning of these meetings. At the end of the meetings, public comment
on any matter of interest or concern may be voiced. If an individual wishes to give public
comment, the following are required:
- The person must give their full name
and address before speaking.
- The person is given a maximum of 5
minutes on any one issue.
- The BOE respectfully suggests that
those with concerns first attempt to resolve their matter by speaking directly
to the school administrators before bringing it the Board.
- All comments should always be
respectful, non-defamatory, and should maintain a level of decorum appropriate
for a meeting of a public body.