Modifications to Public Testimony at Board Meetings



    MARCH 27, 2020

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, School Board President Elisa Vakalis is requiring that members of the public who wish to offer testimony on agenda items at Regular School Board Meetings do so through e-mail, telephone, or written correspondence. To protect staff, community members, and School Board Members, the ASD Education Center will be closed to members of the public until further notice. To review a schedule of upcoming School Board Meetings, and information on public testimony, please visit the School Board website.


    The meetings will still be broadcast live on the ASD YouTube Channel.


    It has become clear from developing events in the Municipality and the State, that in-person testimony presents too great a public health risk. The School Board and District staff are taking necessary steps to allow remote testimony, while continuing to broadcast and record meetings in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.


    How to provide public testimony

    The School Board encourages anyone wishing to provide Public Testimony on Action Items to email written comments to by 2 p.m. the day of the meeting. These comments will become part of the meeting record. In the subject line of the email, please indicate which agenda item you are providing testimony for (Example: ASD Memorandum #111-Sale of Surplus Property).


    If you wish to provide testimony on the phone, email by 2 p.m. the day of the meeting with your name, phone number, memo number or topic for which you wish to provide testimony, and include a subject line: phone testimony. When the School Board reaches your agenda item, or time for non-agenda/non-action testimony, the secretary will phone you at the number you have provided. You will have three minutes to provide testimony.


    Additional details about public testimony can be found on the School Board page of the ASD Website.


    How to listen and view School Board meetings


    All Regular School Board meetings are available through live streaming via the ASD YouTube Channel. A call in number will be provided for each meeting, published with the agenda, for community members who are unable to tune in to the live stream and wish to listen via telephone. Agendas, supporting documents, and archived meetings, can be accessed through BoardDocs.


    Contact: Katy Grant,
    Executive Assistant to the School Board