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 Regular Board Meeting
Tumwater School District Regular Boad meetings are open to the public and allow for members of the public to annend as well as sign up to address the Board on a topic that interests them. Board Workshops and Retreats are not required to provide time for Public Comment. If you wish to address the Board at a Regular Board Meeting, see the appropriate section below for instructions:
Citizens are invited to provide public comments to the Board as designated on the meeting agenda. You must come to the meeting location and sign-up. The sign-up sheet is available approximately 30 minutes before the meeting starts and you must provide your name and topic. Once the Public Comment portion of the agenda is reached, if you will be speaking, your name will be called and you will be asked to stand at the podium, using the microphone provided. 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. If you are unable to share your comments/concerns because the time-limit has been reached, you can either sign-up at the next meeting or you can email Board members.
We are currently unable to hold our meetings in a public space to allow for an audience. While members of the public will still be able to read their comment during the Public Comment portion of a Regular Board Meeting, sign-up is still required. Anyone wishing to address the Board must submit their name and topic to Becky Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org between 5:00pm and 6:10pm on the day of the meeting. Any person submitting the name and topic by 6:10pm on the day of the meeting will be added to the list and called on during the Public Comment portion of the meeting. If you are unable to submit your name and topic via email by 6:10pm on the day of the meeting, you are welcome to submit your comment via email to Board members and/or the Superintendent or wait until the next scheduled meeting to sign-up to address the Board. All district employees and Board members have the same email set up: email@example.com.
Please note: The same rules that apply during a public meeting held at one of our buildings, apply to the Zoom meeting in that the first speaker on a topic will receive 5 minutes and every additional speaker on that same topic will receive 3 minutes, for a total of 20 minutes on any one 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.