Budget Public Hearing Notice for the Lincoln Board of Education and ESU 18 - September 25, 2023
This Public Hearing is conducted under the provisions of the Nebraska Budget Act and other Nebraska laws. The purpose of this hearing is to receive input regarding the proposed budget of Lincoln Public Schools and ESU 18 for the 2023-24 school fiscal year. The input received in this hearing will be taken into consideration by the Board when it takes action on the proposed budget. The hearing will take place on Monday, Sept. 25, at 6:00 p.m. located in the boardroom at Lincoln Public Schools Steve Joel District Leadership Center, 5905 O Street. This will be immediately followed by the ESU 18 Public Hearing.
Members of the public and media may access the public hearing via live video streaming or by physically attending the meetings, which are subject to all national, state and local limitations on public gatherings associated with COVID-19. The agendas can be found here: lps.org/board.
There are multiple ways to view the livestream of the hearing:
- Board webpage
- LPS YouTube Channel
- LNK TV Education Channel (Spectrum channel 1303, Allo channel 23, or LNKTV in the AppleTV and Roku app store)
Participation by citizens at the hearings
The Board believes public attendance and participation, when appropriate to the business at hand, is beneficial to the work of the Board and models the importance of civic engagement and civil discourse to the community’s children, but it cannot impede the Board from completing the business of the meeting.
In keeping with Board Policy 8420 and Neb Statute 84-1412(3), the Lincoln Board of Education has established these reasonable regulations to conduct Public Comment:
- Persons speaking during the hearing will be called forward individually by the Board Chair to the location identified for such purpose.
- A time limit of three minutes will be allotted for any speaker unless prior to the beginning of the Public Comment agenda item, the chair sets a different reasonable time frame to be allotted for speakers in order to accommodate the number of persons who have submitted "Record of Appearance" cards. The time limit is per speaker, per meeting and may not be transferred or assigned to other speakers.
- The chair may endeavor to organize public comment by what agenda items or other issues have been identified as topics by public speakers, or adjust for the age of speakers. At the discretion of the chair, the speaker may be allotted additional time. Board members may share, address or consider comments from the public during public comment, at the end of public comment or when related business is on the agenda.
- In order to be called forward to address the Board during the hearing, each person wishing to speak must obtain a "Record of Appearance" card from staff at the meeting in which they wish to speak. "Record of Appearance" cards are available beginning 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the meeting. Those wishing to speak must accurately complete the required sections of the card, and submit it to the appropriate staff member by 15 minutes after the start of the meeting.
- Individuals will be called forward to speak by name, organization being represented, if applicable, and address. Each individual speaking to the Board will be required to identify himself or herself prior to giving public comment by stating their first and last name and, if applicable, any organization they represent.
- Persons speaking to the Board during public comment may make printed materials (paper no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches) available to the Board but may not use any other form of media. Public speakers are asked to provide 10 copies of any copies of printed materials presented to the Board.
Persons attending Board meetings and/or speaking to the Board during Public Comment or during a public hearing must follow all requirements established by the Board, as well as all Board, chair and staff directions in order to help maintain the order, proper decorum, safety and security, and the non-disruptive functioning of the Board meeting. These include, but are not limited to the following:
- Abiding by time limits;
- Refraining from applauding, cheering, jeering, or engaging in speech that defames any individual(s), or stymies or blocks meeting progress;
- Refraining from the use of audio recordings, video recordings, or any digital still images, posters, signs, costumes, other props and/or photographs;
- Refraining from abusive, disruptive or threatening language or gestures; and
- Staying in the areas identified by the Board as reserved for the public.
If at any time persons appearing before the Board do not comply with these or any other Board requirements, it shall be the responsibility of the chair to declare that person or persons out of order and require a change in behavior, delay or recess the meeting, or refuse permission to continue to address the Board, and ultimately may require the person or persons to leave the premises of the Board meeting.
Published: September 25, 2023, Updated: September 25, 2023