PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETINGS

All regular and special meetings of the School Committee shall be open to the public. Executive sessions will be held only as prescribed by the Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The School Committee desires citizens of the district to attend its meetings so that they may become better acquainted with the operations and the programs of our local public schools. In addition, the Committee would like the opportunity to hear the wishes and ideas of the public.

In order that all citizens who wish to be heard before the Committee have a chance and to ensure the ability of the Committee to conduct the district's business in an orderly manner, the following rules and procedures are adopted:
    • At each regularly scheduled School Committee meeting, individuals or group representatives will be invited to address the Committee. Unless otherwise voted by the committee, the public comment period will not last for longer than twenty minutes
    • Only residents of Leicester, parents or guardians of currently enrolled students, and current municipal/school employees may address the committee unless specifically allowed by the chair.
    • Speakers will be allowed three (3) minutes to present their material.
    • Improper conduct and remarks will not be allowed. Defamatory or abusive remarks are always out of order. If a speaker persists in improper conduct or remarks, the Chairperson may terminate that individual’s privilege of address.
    • All remarks will be addressed through the Chairperson of the meeting.
    • In public session the Committee will not hear personal complaints of school personnel nor against any member of the school community. Under most circumstances, administrative channels are the proper means for disposition of legitimate complaints involving staff members.
    • Written comments longer than three (3) minutes may be presented to the Committee before or after the meeting for the Committee members’ review and consideration at an appropriate time.
    • Individuals may only address the committee outside of the scheduled public comment period with approval of the chairperson.
  • While the Committee cannot deliberate on matters not on the agenda for that meeting, items of concern may be put on subsequent meeting agendas or brought to the attention of the Superintendent for further review.

ADOPTED: Prior to 2013
REVISED: January 14, 2014, June 13, 2016




The School Committee desires citizens of the district to attend its meetings so that they may become better acquainted with the operations and the programs of our local public schools. In addition, the Committee would like the opportunity to hear the wishes and ideas of the public.

In order that all citizens who wish to be heard before the Committee have a chance and to ensure the ability of the Committee to conduct the district's business in an orderly manner, the following rules and procedures are adopted:

At each regularly scheduled School Committee meeting, individuals or group representatives will be invited to address the Committee. Unless otherwise voted by the committee, the public comment period will not last for longer than twenty minutes
Only residents of Leicester, parents or guardians of currently enrolled students, and current municipal/school employees may address the committee unless specifically allowed by the chair.
Speakers will be allowed three (3) minutes to present their material.
Improper conduct and remarks will not be allowed. Defamatory or abusive remarks are always out of order. If a speaker persists in improper conduct or remarks, the Chairperson may terminate that individual’s privilege of address.
All remarks will be addressed through the Chairperson of the meeting.
In public session the Committee will not hear personal complaints of school personnel nor against any member of the school community. Under most circumstances, administrative channels are the proper means for disposition of legitimate complaints involving staff members.
Written comments longer than three (3) minutes may be presented to the Committee before or after the meeting for the Committee members’ review and consideration at an appropriate time.
Individuals may only address the committee outside of the scheduled public comment period with approval of the chairperson.


While the Committee cannot deliberate on matters not on the agenda for that meeting, items of concern may be put on subsequent meeting agendas or brought to the attention of the Superintendent for further review.

ADOPTED: Prior to 2013
REVISED: January 14, 2014,