Communicating with Your School Board
Citizen Communication/Input:If citizens wish to express themselves regarding a specific school, teacher or child, dialogue should begin at the level closest to the concern:Step #1: Visit with the teacher or guidance counselor.Step #2: Visit with the principal (If a school-wide concern, this becomes step one.)Step #3: Visit with the Assistant Superintendent.Step #4: Visit with the Superintendent. (If the citizen is not able to resolve the concern, he/she should request the person at that level to assist them in the process of moving to the next level.)Step #5: If all other avenues have been exhausted, the citizen may request in writing a hearing or meeting before the School Board of Directors.
Public Comments During a Board Meeting
Citizens are invited to provide public comments to the Board as designated on the meeting agenda. You must sign up before the meeting starts to be called at the time designated on the agenda. Board members and the Superintendent will listen to comments from the audience. Since it is not a time for dialogue, the Board might not respond immediately to comments, but may, instead, ask the Superintendent to research the issue and respond to any questions individually, at a later time.
Time for public comments is limited to ensure that all who are interested have an opportunity to speak. A person initiating public comment will have a maximum of 5 minutes to present. Comments made by additional citizens on the same topic will be limited to 3 minutes per person and each person is allowed to speak once. A maximum of 20 minutes is allowed for any single topic.
Contacting Board Members Through EmailCitizens wishing to express themselves regarding policy, boundaries, finances, or other responsibilities of the Board are able to contact Board members. Email addresses are available at this link. Board members will discuss citizen concerns with the appropriate staff person.
To obtain more information about School Board Members, or to obtain a copy of the Operating Protocols, please call the Tumwater School District Office at 360-709-7000.