Meetings of the Board of Directors are open to the public and all actions of the Board are taken openly with deliberations leading to Board action likewise continued openly. The public is given limited time to voice opinions or problems.
The Board recognizes its responsibility to conduct the business of the Intermediate Unit in an orderly and efficient manner and will, therefore, require reasonable controls to regulate public presentations to the Board. During the agenda time permitted for comments by visitors, such comments shall be restricted to the current agenda items to be addressed by the Board. Immediately following the end of the agenda, a second comment period or Courtesy of the Floor may be permitted at the discretion of the Chair/President. For each comment period, a person wishing to be heard by the Board shall first be recognized by the President. He shall then identify himself and proceed with his comments as briefly as the subject permits. The President is responsible for the orderly conduct of the meeting and shall rule on such matters as the time to be allowed for public discussion, the appropriateness of the subject being presented and the suitability of the time for such a presentation. The Board as a whole shall have the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings.
However, it is not the intention of this procedure to provide for open dialogue between the Board and the public. Opinions, problems and concerns that can be addressed by the Board shall be resolved within a reasonable time frame. Those items requiring administrative and supervisor participation shall be referred to appropriate staff for immediate response.
It is the desire of the Board that meetings be formal enough for orderly procedure yet to be natural and encourage free discussion and group thinking. The Board wishes to be cognizant of the problems, requests,complaints and suggestions of the residents of the area served by the Intermediate Unit, but it is necessary that the Board not allow the perusal of such material to interfere with the diligent attention needed in the completion of its business.