Public Input

Updated 7/01/22

AASD Board of Education meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 PM in the Scullen Leadership Center, 131 E. Washington Street, Suite 1A, Appleton, WI, unless otherwise noted or announced. Upcoming meeting dates can be found on the Board Schedule page and the District calendar. Regular Board of Education meetings are also available via a live stream broadcast on the Appleton Area School District YouTube Channel. 

The Appleton Area School District's Board of Education values the opportunity to receive input from our stakeholders. Any person attending the meeting in person may sign up to speak at the meeting. Members of the public wishing to speak must complete and submit a registration form prior to speaking. The registration form will require the following information:

  • Speaker’s name and city of residence,
  • Topic for comments, and
  • Whether the individual is speaking on behalf of a group/organization. (For purposes of public input, a group consists of three (3) or more individuals who have the same interests or aims, and who organize themselves to work or act together.) Members of the group must be present at the meeting.

Members of the public are always welcome to email their comments to the Board at [email protected]. These comments are distributed to all seven members of the Board of Education.

The Board Meeting Agenda is available on BoardDocs the Friday before each meeting. The Wisconsin Open Meetings Law allows only brief discussion of topics that are not listed on the agenda. Therefore, the Board may not be able to fully address comments made during public input. When appropriate the Board may request the administration to reach out to a citizen regarding a concern they may have.

We will make every effort to ensure that all persons who register to speak are given an opportunity. If it is necessary to limit space for a particular meeting and you are not able to speak, you will be offered a chance to submit a written statement that will be shared with the Board members.

Public Input Guidelines and Responsibilities

  • Comments that introduce complaints or concerns that are directed toward and that identify individual staff members or individual students are not permissible (such complaints or concerns should be channeled through the AASD Complaint Procedure as outlined in Policy 870 and 870-Rule). 
  • The individual commenter retains all liability for his/her comments and conduct, whether verbal or in writing (i.e., the public input period does not offer any commenter any exemption from legal liability or from other lawful consequences that may result from the individual’s comments or conduct). 
  • It is the responsibility of the commenter to review the complete guidelines and responsibilities as outlined in Board Policy and Rule 187, Public Input at School Board, and Board Subcommittee Meetings to ensure compliance. 
  • If there is no Public Input opportunity noticed on a meeting agenda, public comment will not be accepted for that meeting. (At this time, this does include all board work sessions and committee meetings.)

Individuals will be bound by the guidelines and responsibilities outlined above and established in policy. The Board reserves the right to terminate remarks or exclude from publication any individual who does not adhere to established rules, whose comments are unduly repetitive of previous comments, who makes comments that are obscene, threatening, harassing, or defamatory, or whose conduct is otherwise disorderly. Comments that introduce complaints or concerns that are directed toward and that identify individual staff members or individual students are not permissible.

The Board reserves the right to amend and adjust processes and procedures relating to public input as necessary to accomplish the business of the Board, which includes the ability of the Board to limit (in a viewpoint-neutral manner) the total time allotted for public input or the amount of time allotted to individual topics.