Have you wondered how a Board of Education works? Did you know parents and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend general meetings?
Here are a few basics of FPS Board of Education information from the district website:
The Board of Education serves as a trustee for the Farmington Public School District. Board members express and represent the views of the community in matters affecting education. They set policy, approve educational goals and curriculum changes, and act on recommendations of the Superintendent of schools. The Board has fiscal responsibility for approving the annual budget and maintaining a balanced budget at the end of the year.
Board of Education meetings are generally held the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Lewis Schulman Administrative Center, 32500 Shiawassee Street, Farmington. Attendance is welcomed. Regular Board of Education meetings are cablecast LIVE on Spectrum TV-10 (Channel 16 in West Bloomfield) and streamed LIVE online (To view the board meetings online, please follow this link to Stream Board Meetings, then choose the "Live" tab on the right, then click "Play." Please note that there may be a short delay between the programming on air and the livestream.). Meetings of the Board are conducted for the purpose of carrying out the business of the schools and, therefore, are not meetings of the public and the Board, but Board meetings held in public.
Virtual Board Meetings
Community members interested in participating through public comment are asked to complete the Public Comment Request Form by 4:00 pm that evening. Your comments will be shared with the public and full Board during the meeting under the Public Comment portion of the agenda. This will be an opportunity to share comments regarding agenda items and non-agenda items. All requests for public comments received by 4:00 pm will have the opportunity to speak during the virtual meeting or choose to have their comments read by a Board member. Anyone who wishes to express their public comment live during the meeting must complete the Public Comment Request Form.
Meetings are cablecast LIVE on TV-10 and live streamed on the District's website.
Individuals are encouraged to attend and participate at Board meetings. “Public Comments” on the agenda is intended to provide individuals an opportunity to address the Board of Education. Those who wish to do so are asked to complete a request card, available at the back of the room. In the interest of fairness, the Board requests each speaker to limit comments to five minutes. Issues may be referred to the Superintendent for investigation, study and response.
Guidelines for Public Participation at Board Meetings (FPS Bylaws & Policies Sec. 1002)
The Board will establish guidelines concerning public participation at Board meetings. The guidelines will include, but not be limited to:
• Limiting the time any individual may address the Board.
• Requesting individuals who wish to address the Board to identify themselves, their address, and any organization they may represent.
• Advising the public that, generally, the Board and individual Board members will not directly respond to comments or questions that arise during the public participation portion of the meeting.
• Requiring individuals who wish to address the Board to direct their comments to the entire Board and not to individual Board members, the Superintendent, other School District employees or members of the audience.
• Prohibiting behavior that is intemperate, abusive, defamatory or discourteous or that otherwise interferes with the orderly conduct and timely completion of the Board meeting. Contents 6 of 37 • Excluding from the meeting an individual who engages in conduct that constitutes a breach of the peace.
The Board of Education serves as a trustee for the Farmington Public School District. Board members express and represent the views of the community in matters affecting education. They set policy, approve educational goals and curriculum changes, and act on recommendations of the Superintendent of Schools. The Board has fiscal responsibility for approving the annual budget and maintaining a balanced budget at the end of the year.
Representatives to Local Groups
Board Members serve as representative delegates and continuing liaisons with the following: Call to Action Coalition, Farmington African American Parent Network (FAAPN), Head Start, Legislative (national, state, county), Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN), Farmington/Farmington Hills Multicultural Multiracial Community Council (MCMR), Oakland County School Boards Association, Farmington Area PTA Council, and Student Round Table.
For information about Farmington Public Schools, please call or write to:
Farmington Public Schools
32500 Shiawassee Street
Farmington, MI 48336-2338
Parents are encouraged to be involved in their children's education and to participate in parent groups that meet in each building. Individual building groups are supported by district-wide parent groups to provide communication between parents and the school district.
If you are interested in participating in the parent group at the building level, please contact your building principal for more information.
For detailed information, including Board of Education member biographies, meeting schedules, agendas and more, click here: https://www.farmington.k12.mi.us/Page/138