Addressing the Board
The public is encouraged to participate in open communication with the SBISD Board of Trustees. Board meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month with the exception of July. Unless otherwise noted, Board Meetings are held on at the Wayne F. Schaper, Sr. Leadership Center in the Boardroom.
At regular meetings, the Board sets aside a specific time entitled "Citizens Participation" to hear persons who desire to make comments to the Board concerning either agenda or non-agenda items. At board workshops and retreats, the Board sets aside a specific time to hear persons who desire to make comments to the Board concerning agenda items. Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting shall sign up as they arrive, indicating the topic about which they wish to speak, and shall submit a Citizen's Participation form (found at the sign in table) to the presiding officer before the meeting begins.
To promote safety and social distancing, public comments at the board meeting on agenda and non-agenda items will be submitted electronically and by hard copy submission until the district has fully reopened. Those wishing to comment should submit comments by either the hard copy form available at the front of Wayne F. Schaper, Sr. Leadership Center, 955 Campbell Road, Houston, Texas 77024, or the electronic form available here.
Instructions for public comment are included on the hard copy and electronic forms. Public comment forms may be submitted from the time notice is posted until 12 hours prior to the start of the board meeting. All comments timely submitted and properly completed will be read during the board meeting at the usual public comment time. Time allotted for each comment is 4 minutes. The reader will stop reading after 4 minutes. If there are more comments than can be read during the total allotted time of 20 minutes, comments on non-agenda items will be read at the end of the meeting and individual comments may be reduced in time but no individual shall be given less than 1 minute to comment.
Because the rights of individuals are protected by various laws and board policies, complaints about specific employees or students will not be read but will be provided to the administration for consideration.
The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether a person addressing the Board has attempted to solve a matter administratively through resolution channels established by policy. If not, the person shall be referred to the appropriate policy (see list below) to seek resolution: