Public Participation

Several avenues for the exchange of information, ideas and opinions are authorized by the R-7 Board of Education. These are designed to provide for full and open communication between the public and the Board.

The Board members make efforts to identify community opinions and to be responsive to community concerns. With the exception of closed sessions which are legally conducted within the parameters of the “Missouri Open Meetings Act”, all regular meetings, special meetings and workshops of the Board of Education shall be open to the public. Scheduled periods for public comment will be provided to permit the public to speak on matters addressed on the current agenda of the regular monthly meeting. Please view the R-7 Board of Education meeting schedule on this district webpage.

All Board of Education meetings will be presided over by the Board president with the primary purpose of conducting the business of the Board in a responsible and expeditious manner. The president has the authority to regulate and limit public participation.

Public participation guidelines

The following avenues of public participation operate within the framework of the Board of Education’s scheduled meetings.

Communicating in writing

Written correspondence may be directed to the Board, through the superintendent, for consideration at meetings. Statements of two pages or less are encouraged.

Speaking about a current agenda topic

The agenda for each regular meeting of the Board includes time for “Comments from the Public,” scheduled just before decision items. Comments must be limited to matters on the meeting’s agenda. Anyone wanting to address the Board on agenda topics must sign up before the meeting on the meeting sign-up sheet. A time limit will be established for all speakers who have signed up. Speakers will not be permitted to participate in gossip, make defamatory comments or use abusive or vulgar language. Agendas for the regular Board of Education meetings are available several days before the meeting date. The public can easily access the agenda by clicking on the BoardDocs link on this school district board of education meetings webpage.

For more information, feel free to call the Office of the Superintendent at (816) 986-1000.

Placing an item on the agenda

Patrons may request to have an item considered for placement on the agenda by submitting a request in writing to the superintendent. To be considered, the request must be received one week (five working days) before the scheduled meeting. For more information, feel free to call the Office of the Superintendent at (816) 986-1000.

Public hearings

The Board of Education may also schedule public hearings on matters of concern to the community, such as the annual budget.

E-mailing a Board of Education member

E-mail communication for Board of Education members may be sent to R7board@leesummit.k12.mo.us.

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