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Changes expected at July 19 Board of Education meeting

CASTLE ROCK – Attendees of the next Douglas County School District Board of Education meeting will notice a few changes intended to ensure the safety of participants, as well as decorum of the meeting.

During recent meetings, outbursts by some audience members have led to disruptions that have impacted the Board’s ability to safely and effectively conduct the business of the school district.

As a result, the following changes are being made to maintain decorum during the meeting and ensure the safety of those in attendance.

  • Tuesday’s Board meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. Doors will open approximately one-half hour beforehand. Seating will be first come, first served.​

  • Once the Boardroom reaches the capacity set by the Castle Rock Fire Department, additional community members will only be admitted into the meeting when others leave. Those waiting to join the meeting will queue at the Wilcox Building’s front door (on the west side of the building).

    This new arrangement complies with recommendations made by the Castle Rock Fire Marshal to keep all exits and egress paths from the Boardroom unobstructed.​​

  • A viewing area will be provided on July 19 in front of the Wilcox building to accommodate the anticipated crowd. The District’s livestream will be shown.

  • Once admitted, all community members are asked to participate in a courteous and civil manner.

    Individuals who disrupt the Board’s ability to conduct school district business will face appropriate consequences, including removal from the meeting and possible citation from law enforcement.

As always, public comment is welcome. Anyone may sign up online to participate until 3:00 p.m. on the day of a Board meeting.

July 15, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category: Board of Education

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