Zillah School District Board Meeting Public Comment Information

  •     The board recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of involving members of the public in its meetings


  •    The board will allot three (3) minutes for each speaker. Time allotted will be displayed.


  •     Each speaker is allowed one (1) public comment session per meeting (three (3) minutes) regardless if speaking for others.


  •     All comments will be during the hearing session at the beginning of the meeting.


  •    Those wishing to address the board during the hearing session need to sign in. A list will be provided to our board chair as we proceed into the hearing session. 


  •    Speakers should identify themselves and proceed to make comments within the time limits.


  •    The board is not obligated to respond to questions or challenges made during the public comment period and the board’s silence will not signal agreement or endorsement of the speaker’s remarks.


  •    The chair/president may terminate an individual’s statement when the allotted time has passed and may interrupt a speaker to require the same standard of civility that the board imposes on itself. Examples of uncivil comments include comments that:
  •     Are libelous or slanderous;
  •     Are an unwarranted invasion of privacy;
  •     Are obscene or indecent pursuant to the Federal Communications Act or any rule or regulation of the Federal Communications Commission;
  •     Violate school district policy or procedure related to harassment, intimidation, bullying, or discrimination;
  •     Incite an unlawful act on school premises or violate a lawful school regulation; or
  •     Create a material and substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the board meeting


  •    The board will permit a member of the public to provide verbal comment remotely if the member has difficulty attending an in-person meeting. This would need to be requested by email no later than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the regularly scheduled board meeting.  Request needs to be emailed to Superintendent Secretary Sonia Ruggles @ [email protected].  The district would then contact the individual for specific instructions at the meeting.



  •    The board as a whole has the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings and can maintain order by removing those who are disruptive.