Meetings of the Lewiston School Committee are public in the sense that they are held in public. Our primary purpose for meeting is to conduct our business as charged by law. Our "Public Input" agenda item permits members of the audience to address the School Committee on non-agenda items, excluding comments concerning items which must be reserved for executive session. Additionally, the Chairperson will provide an opportunity during the consideration of each major agenda item for public comment. Comments from audience members are welcomed during these times within the following guidelines:
The Chairperson will recognize individuals wishing to be heard by the School Committee. All questions and comments should be addressed to the Chairperson.
While all comments will be heard and considered, some questions may require research and/or discussion before they are answered. Generally, the School Committee does not discuss or act on an item not on the agenda.
The number of speakers and the amount of time each speaks may be limited. In the interest of time, speakers are asked not to be repetitious of comments already made. In the case of a large audience, the chairperson may request that a group designate a spokesperson.
Any community member with a legitimate interest in the School Committee's business may speak. Employees or employee groups are generally not permitted to discuss matters for which other, more appropriate forums are provided.
Personnel and student issues should be brought to the appropriate school personnel before being brought to the School Committee.
Citizens may communicate to the School Committee in writing as well. Correspondence should be addressed to: Lewiston School Committee, 36 Oak Street, Lewiston, ME 04240.
In accordance with the Freedom of Access ("Right-to-Know") law, School Committee meetings are held in public. The committee may go into private or executive session upon a vote of 3/5 of the members present to consider certain matters specified by law, such as personnel matters, student suspension/expulsion, contracts to be negotiated, collective bargaining, legal advice, pending litigation, or student records which are confidential by nature. No final action may be taken during executive sessions.