Public Comment


    Please note: Registration for Public Comment via the Online Public Comment Form is accepted until 3:00 p.m. on the day of the Public Comment meeting. After 3:00 p.m., please sign-up in-person on the sign-in sheet located outside the Board Room to speak at Public Comment.  Sign-up will close at 5:30 p.m.  Thank you for your engagement with the Board of Education.


    If signed up prior to the meeting, please check in at the table prior to Public Comment.


    Timing & Location

    Public Comment will be an agenda item within the Regular Meeting, and will follow Recognitions.  Regular Meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m. The time period for Public Comment will be a maximum of 45 minutes. Other Board business will begin promptly following Public Comment.  

    Speakers are asked to sign-up and arrive by 5:30 p.m.

    Public Comment and Board of Education Meetings are located at 360 Colborne Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102.


    Individuals can sign-in in advance by e-mailing or calling the Board Secretary ( / 651-767-8149) or by filling out the Public Comment form on the Board website.  If they do not sign-in in advance, they will be allowed to do so at the meeting but sign-in will end at 5:30 p.m. when the Public Comment session begins. Individuals should indicate their name, address, phone number or e-mail and the subject they are addressing noting if it is related to an agenda specific area (items being addressed on that meeting’s formal agenda) or a non-agenda related topic.  Individuals are asked complete a "Sign-In Sheet" in order to provide a more complete record of their concern/issue for the benefit of administration or to provide a written copy of their comments which can be provided to Board members and administration.


    If an interpreter is needed at any Public Comment and/or Board Meeting (Hmong, Somali, Karen, sign language) please contact Sarah Dahlke, Secretary to the Board of Education, at or 651-767-8149 at least 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

    Order of Speakers

    The order of in which speakers will be called is as follows:  students, speakers speaking to an agenda related item, then others in the order of names received, with preference given to those who have not spoken in the past three months.  The time allotment may be reduced from three minutes in order to allow as many speakers as possible to offer their comments within the 30 minutes allocated.

    Speaking Time

    Individuals are asked to speak for the maximum of three (3) minutes only (or the reduced time per above).  A timekeeping device is utilized and will sound a buzzer when time is up.

    Personal Information

    Please DO NOT include names of Saint Paul Public School employees, titles or location names in your remarks for your own legal protection and the legal rights of staff. This includes identifiers such as school name, grade or job title that would identify the individual publicly. Issues related to school district employees should be made in writing and may identify employees by name, title, location, etc. and should be addressed to the Human Resources Department.

    In the spirit of fairness to all participants, the SPPS Board requests that individuals respect the above process.  Thank you for sharing your concerns.

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