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School district may revise public comments policy

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SMITHFIELD­-A revised public comment policy received its first reading at the Sept. 10 Johnston County Board of Education meetng.  The board may vote to approve the changes at its Oct. 8 meeting.

The school board has received criticim  for its current policy of requiring citizens wishing to speak to sign up 48 hours prior to the meeting. Under the new version, citizens may sign up at late as 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

People wishing to speak must furnish statements, written information or provide the topic at  sign up. Comments will be limited to matters relating to the school system. 

Under the revised policy, complaints about school personnel, student issues or any other confidential matter shall be submitted initially for a response to the school system official responsible for the program or facility or to the superintendent. 

 Neither positive nor negative comments about personnel, student issues or confidential matters will be heard by the board. 

A public comments policy was originally approved by the school board on Oct. 9, 2001 and amended Feb. 10, 2009. The latest revision was presented, without comment, by Administrative Officer David Pearce.

School board members didn't ask questions or make comments about the revised policy. School Board Chairman Mike Wooten thanked the personnel committee for their hard work.