Katy ISD Open Forum
Your Turn to Speak ...
Note: By March 16, 2020 Order of Governor Greg Abbott, the following meeting is being held in accordance with the modified Open Meetings Act. These modifications are necessary to promote the health and safety of the Katy ISD community. Further, Harris and Fort Bend Counties have issued Stay Home Work Safe orders, which directly impact the ability of individuals to leave their homes. As such, open forum has changed to comply with these orders as well as guidance from health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control.
Individuals who wish to participate in the public comment portion of a meeting may do so by signing up in advance of the meeting. To sign up to speak, that individual must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting, with your name and specific topic of discussion. Please also include your mailing address, designate whether you reside in Katy ISD and if you have children in Katy ISD Schools. Speakers will need to arrive 15 minutes before the meeting begins. At the outset of the public forum (about 5:30 p.m.), the first 10 speakers that signed up will be called forward individually and allowed to speak to the Board. Please note participation in public comment will remain governed by Katy ISD Board Policy BED(LEGAL) and BED(LOCAL). Mask must be worn at all times.
The Katy ISD Board of Trustees invites community members to address the Board during the open forum portion of each Regular meeting. Public audiences are subject to the following guidelines.
If speakers wish to share written material with the Board, it should be of a non-confidential nature and a copy of the material should be emailed to the Secretary for Board Services before the meeting begins.
Persons who wish to participate in the open forum portion of the meeting shall provide their first and last name, and shall indicate the topic about which they wish to speak. Patrons who do not provide their first and last name will not be allowed to speak.
A total of 30 minutes is allotted for open forum, with the time divided evenly among speakers. The maximum time allowed for any speaker is 3 minutes.
The use of audiovisual equipment, posters or displays during a presentation is not allowed.
The Board does not respond directly to comments nor answer questions asked by speakers. Texas law does not allow the Board to discuss or take action on any issue presented during the Open Forum unless the item has already been posted for action on the meeting agenda.
Speakers must limit comments to issues that can be presented in a public forum. Complaints about student discipline, specific student issues or personnel must be addressed through appropriate administrative channels. Employees or members of the public are reminded that they must follow and exhaust all administrative remedies prior to presenting complaints about a student matter or district personnel to the Board.
The Board shall not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the audience and may request assistance from law enforcement officials to have a disruptive person removed from the meeting.