Meetings are available via live stream at BLS SchoolBoard YouTube to maximize public access; business meetings are live streamed in both English and Spanish. ASL interpreters are present at business meetings and work sessions. If additional accommodations are needed for meeting access, please contact Bend-La Pine Schools at (541) 355-1000, at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date.
The public is welcome to attend business meetings and work sessions in-person or via BLS SchoolBoard YouTube. The doors will typically open to the public 15 minutes prior to the scheduled meeting start time.
In accordance with Oregon law, Executive Sessions are not open to public attendance.
Regular Board Meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of each month during which regular business is completed, actions are taken and public comment is received.
Work Sessions are typically held on the fourth Tuesday of each month during which the Board engages in discussion on key Board work and initiatives.
The role of the Board of Directors is to actively listen to and reflect on public comments. Each person wishing to address the Board must sign-up individually for the Public Comment period on business meeting agendas and may provide their comments either in-person or virtually.
Advance sign up for public comment is encouraged. To provide public comment, please complete the Google Form linked here. The form will open the Friday prior to the meeting date, or after public meeting notice has been made, and will be open for sign up until 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. If assistance is required to complete the form, please contact the District Office, 541-355-1000.
Individuals may also sign up for public comment in person on the day of the meeting on a space available basis in alignment with Governance Process 6 (GP-6). In-person sign up will be accepted until 5:35 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
The guidelines for public comment emphasize respect and consideration of others. Public Comment allows the Board and Superintendent to hear issues of interest, but does not allow an opportunity for dialogue between the speaker, Board, or Superintendent. The Board may ask staff to follow up on public comments or questions raised during the public comment period.
The Board of Directors values your input. Constituents are encouraged to submit questions, concerns, or kudos via the School Board Listening Post on the Board Member contact page at any time. All members of the Board will read and review your correspondence.