It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of the Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School to solicit written comments/concerns from families/guardians prior to the monthly Board Meeting.
All requests to address the Board of Trustees must be submitted in writing not less than seven calendar days prior to the meeting; the request must identify the subject of the presentation to be made to the Board. The Board will seek, prior to the meeting for which the request is made, to notify the person making the request whether the Board will recognize him or her during the public comment period of the meeting.
The Board of Trustees will make it a practice to set aside a period of time at each regular business meeting to hear from members of the public on matters that concern the School. The Board, acting by its Chair, reserves the right to decline to hear any member of the public on a matter that the Board judges is appropriately addressed to the Executive Director or to any other administrative officer or that is for any other reason not appropriately addressed to the Board.
Public Comment for the Board of Trustees should be submitted by mail or email:
AnnMarie Little, Director of Special Education & Government Relations
Abby Kelley Foster Charter School
10 New Bond St
Worcester, MA 01606
Attention: Board of Trustees
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT OPEN MEETINGS
The Board of Trustees of a charter school is a governmental body; it must comply with the State’s Open Meeting Law, MGL c.30A, s.18-25. The Board meeting schedules and times are subject to change at the discretion of the Chair.
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30A Section 20(f) governs public participation at open meetings of municipal government bodies as follows: Section 20(f). No person shall address a meeting of a public body without permission of the Chair, and all persons shall, at the request of the Chair, be silent. No person shall disrupt the proceedings of a meeting of a public body. If, after clear warning from the Chair, a person continues to disrupt the proceedings, the Chair may order the person to withdraw from the meeting and if the person does not withdraw, the Chair may authorize a constable or other officer to remove the person from the meeting.