Public Comments

Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District

Board Meeting

Public Comment-Sign-In Sheet for Agenda Items

 

Any person wishing to address the Board during the period reserved for public comment at a Board meeting must sign up and provide the information requested below to be heard. In accordance with District Policy BED (Local), all members of the audience who wish to address the Board regarding items to be considered by the Board as listed on the Agenda for this Board meeting, may do so by signing up prior to the start of the meeting and listing the agenda item that they would like to discuss. Only those persons (on this list) who sign up prior to the start of the meeting shall be allowed to speak to the Board during the public comment portion of the meeting:

 

1. For each agenda item, public comment speakers will be allowed a maximum of 3 minutes to address the Board.
 
2. If more than 10 speakers are signed up to speak on the same agenda item, then all additional speakers on that item will be limited to 2 minutes.
 
3. Members of the public who need to address the Board through a translator will be given 6 minutes to make their presentation.
 
4. Speakers are limited to the items listed on the sign-up sheet.
 
5. Complaints and concerns for which other resolution channels are provided shall be referred to use those channels. These complaints include complaints on the following subjects: employee and officer complaints, termination of employment, student complaints, comments about students that are not the child of the speaker, removal to alternative education program, and expulsion.
 
6. Vendors or prospective vendors, who are currently or prospectively engaging in the bidding or request for proposal process with the District, should comply and review any applicable Bid Instructions, which may limit comments on current or prospective bids.

 

If the Board President determines that there is a conflict with policy, the person shall be directed to the appropriate policy for attempted resolution. Complaints against specific students, employees or offices of the District, or comments about a student, who is not the child of the speaker, may be heard in Closed Meeting, as authorized by the Texas Government Code Title 5-Section: 551.074 (1) (2), 551.082 and 551.0821. If your topic concerns complaints against specific employees, students, or officers, or about a student, who is not the child of the speaker, please note this on the sign-up sheet. You must make your comments on agenda items in a civil and courteous fashion pursuant to Robert’s Rules of Order. Avoid using profanity. We ask that you not discuss students who are not your own child.

 

Public Audience for Non-Agenda Topics-Sign-In Sheet

 

Any person wishing to address the Board during the period reserved for public comment at a Board meeting must sign up and provide the information requested below to be heard.  In accordance with District Policy BED (Local), a total of 30 minutes will be allowed for public audience at each General Board meeting.  Only those persons (on this list) who sign up prior to the start of the meeting shall be allowed to speak to the Board during the public audience portion of the meeting:

 

  1. Each Participant will be limited to 3 minutes to make comments to the Board.
  2. Delegations of more than five persons speaking on the same topic shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.
  3. Complaints and concerns for which other resolution channels are provided shall be directed through those channels.  These complaints include complaints on the following subjects: employee and officer complaints, termination of employment, student complaints, removal to alternative education program, and expulsion.
  4. Public Audience is not intended to advertise, promote, sell tickets, or collect funds for any non-school-related purpose without prior approval of the Superintendent or designee, see GKB (local).  Additionally, vendors or prospective vendors who are currently or prospectively engaging in the bidding or request for proposal process with the District are prohibited from speaking at public audience to the extent the presentation concerns a current or future bid and is a violation of the Bid Instructions. 

If the Board President determines that a person has not attempted to resolve a matter administratively, the person shall be directed to the appropriate policy for attempted resolution before bringing the matter to the Board.  Complaints against specific students, employees or offices of HISD shall be heard in Closed Meeting, as authorized by the Texas Government Code Title 5-Section: 551.074 (1) (2) and 551.0821.  If your topic concerns complaints against specific employees, students, or officers, please note this on the sign-up sheet.  You must make your points on issues in a constructive and courteous fashion pursuant to Robert’s Rules of Order.

 

 

While meetings are being held virtually during the suspension of the Open Meetings Act due to the COVID-19 pandemic, alternative methods of communicating with the Board of Trustees are in place. Public Comments related to topics on this meeting and Public Audience will be handled by email. Should you desire to provide public comments to the Board, you must email your public comments to comments60821@hcisd.org at least 30 minutes before the start of the scheduled Board meeting, for you to address the Board during the public comments or public audience portion of this meeting. Please identify your name and the agenda item that you will be addressing.