Proposed Changes to Tulsa School Board Would Change Agenda and Rules for Comments | Education

The Tulsa Public Schools Education Board gave the public its first look at proposed changes to its meeting policies on Monday evening.

“We’re all going to be operating in a new space,” said Jennettie Marshall, board member. “As much information as we get from growing in this space,… we have to empower our constituents to grow in this space as well.”

As presented on Monday evening, the amendments call for eliminating the information agenda from the general agendas of board meetings and moving these items directly to the consent agenda or the order of the day of action.

Draft agendas for regular meetings would be posted 10 days before a meeting so that the public could provide comments to individual board members. The final agendas are currently posted by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding Monday’s meetings.

A proposed additional amendment would allow citizen comments, or remarks on an item not on the agenda, only at the first regular meeting of each month. Public comments or remarks on agenda items would still be allowed at each regular meeting and would be placed at the head of the meeting. Currently, they are heard throughout the night.

The intent behind the proposed changes is part of a potential overhaul of the way the board conducts its meetings in conjunction with its strategic plan which is expected to go into effect in 2022-2023.

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