They already cut the speaker time from 3 to 2 minutes starting at tomorrow's Board meeting. Now, it's the start-time of the Board meetings. At the Executive Committee meeting, a handout showed four options for Board meetings plus what other districts do, both regionally and nationally. What other districts do varies wildly.
But now there are five options listed (versus the four on the handout at the meeting). Three of them have testimony starting before 6 p.m. which I can't see at all as many people work until 5 or 5:30 p.m. The other two options have it starting at 7 p.m. but that's AFTER all the agenda items have been heard and voted on. Here's what it says for the 7 p.m. public testimony option:
(Public testimony would begin when the business portion was completed. Those testifying would need to be prepared to start earlier or later than 7 p.m., depending on the rest of the meeting.)
So you'd need to be there by 6:30 p.m. in case they got through the agenda quickly (but at least you wouldn't need to leave work early).
So the one time - that likely makes sense for the most people which is 6-6:30 p.m. - so that the public can speak to the Board BEFORE it acts, is NOT on this list.
They are asking for feedback so please let the Board know your thoughts.
If you would like to offer feedback, please email Theresa Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 6, 2012. It would be the most helpful if you address the following questions:
1) Do you support moving the start time of regular Board meetings earlier (i.e. 4:15 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.)?
2) If so, indicate which option you prefer and why.
3) If not, why not?