ABOUT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Blue Valley Board of Education members live within their individual geographic member districts and are elected by a voting plan whereby six members live in geographic member districts and one runs at large.
In a primary election, only residents from the geographic member district vote for the candidates. In all general elections, all residents vote for all candidates. This method reinforces the district's belief that all members represent all children in Blue Valley. Board members are elected to four-year terms. All seven serve the entire district without pay.
PARTICIPATE IN OPEN FORUM REMOTELY
Open Forum occurs at every regularly scheduled monthly board meeting and provides one hour (approx. 20 participants; 3 minutes each) of allotted time on the agenda for individuals to address the board. Patrons may address the board during open forum in-person, remotely or submit comments in writing to be read. If you would like to address the board, you must complete the Open Forum Request Form. Request forms will open at noon one business day prior to the scheduled meeting and will close at noon on the day of the board meeting or until speaker capacity has been reached. Please note, due to social distancing, in-person seating will be limited to 30.
Addressing the Board of Education During Open Forum
For detailed instructions on speaking in open forum in-person, remotely and through written comments, please view this informational document.
I submitted a form online - how do I know if I am one of the 20 alloted speakers?
Patrons who submit an online Open Forum Request Form prior to the 20 speaker capacity will receive an automated email from the district confirming their spot as one of the 20 open forum speakers. This email will also include additional instructions about the open forum process. The Open Forum Request form will automatically close to submissions once the 20 speaker capacity has been reached or the deadline has passed. If you click the link to the form once it has closed, you will be redirected to an automated message and will be unable to submit a form.
The Blue Valley School District is proud to offer livestreaming of Board of Education meetings. As part of the district’s commitment to providing a safe, socially distanced environment for patrons, as well as open and transparent communication, patrons have the option to attend Board meetings in-person or tune in to the meetings from a personal device.
A link to each meeting livestream will be posted on the district website for patrons on the day of the meeting. The livestreams will be hosted on Blue Valley’s Board of Education YouTube channel and video recordings of all meetings will be accessible on YouTube at the conclusion of the livestream.
Interpreter services are always available via livestream. If you need these services and plan to attend in-person, please submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on the day of the board meeting.