Pasco School Board outlines speaker rules for Tuesday rezoning hearings
Parents have voiced some angst over how the Pasco County School Board will control the multiple contentious attendance zone public hearings it has scheduled for Tuesday evening.
Hoping to manage the time, the board has set aside one hour for each of the three proposals, starting with west side middle and high schools, followed by east side middle and high schools and ending with Odessa area elementary schools.
It also has put out more guidelines for speakers relating to room capacity, signing up to talk and other details. Here's the memo issued late Friday:
The District School Board of Pasco County expects a large crowd for the December 20, 2016, School Board meeting. The fire marshal has designated the board room occupancy limit at 99, so overflow areas have been designated in the lobby of Building 3 and in Training Room C in Building 3. Both areas have closed circuit TV that will be broadcasting the School Board meeting. Guests are asked not to challenge staff members or sheriff's deputies who are monitoring the occupancy limit. Additionally, Chairman Altman will call multiple speakers at a time to ensure adequate travel time from Training Room C to the Board Room. Staff members who normally sit in the audience will be directed to Training Room C until after the public hearings and public comment portions of the meeting.
All guests will be required to sign-in on the designated form in the lobby before proceeding into the board room or to Training Room C. Those who wish to speak on one of the school boundary items will be given a speaker request form with either Bexley, Cypress Creek or West Side written at the top, depending on their preference. Speakers will be called based on the school boundary item that is currently up for public hearing. Pursuant to Board policy, each public hearing will be limited to one-hour. All other speakers will be assigned to the public comment portion of the agenda. The Board has the prerogative to alter these guidelines by a majority vote.
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