It is the policy of the Natchitoches Parish School Board to conduct all meetings in full view of and with welcomed participation by the public.  However, the Board reserves the right to recess into or call executive sessions for discussing matters as provided by state law.  At no time shall actions be taken or resolutions made during executive sessions.


In order for an individual or delegation to be placed on the Board agenda, they must first attend the appropriate committee meeting.  All delegations or individuals who wish to appear before the Board shall submit their requests to the Superintendent in writing at least one (1) day prior to the committee meeting date, stating what matters they wish to take up with the committee and the approximate amount of time they will need at the actual Board meeting.  The Superintendent shall have the authority to determine whether items requested are significant enough to warrant Board action, inclusion on the agenda, and the amount of time allotted.  Each delegation appearing before the Board shall select one (1) person in advance as its spokesperson and notify the Superintendent.


A public comment period shall be held before any vote is taken on an agenda item.  The comment period shall precede each agenda item.  However, a person is not entitled to take up business before the Board unless the item in which he/she is interested has been placed on the agenda of that meeting.  In addition, the President of the Board may recognize persons at the Board meetings for the purpose of introducing such persons.


In the event that the Board should add an item to its agenda after the Board meeting begins, the Board President shall orally request of the audience whether anyone in attendance would like to speak on the added agenda item.  Each person indicating a desire to do so shall be given an opportunity to address the Board on each agenda item added.  The Board shall delay deliberations on that agenda item until such time as all interested members of the public have had an opportunity to speak.


The President shall have the authority to remove any person disrupting or interfering in any manner with the conduction of a meeting of the Board.


Revised:  August, 1997

Revised:  September, 2008



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:81, 42:14, 42:15, 42:16, 42:23

Board minutes, 10-9-86


Natchitoches Parish School Board