School Board Meetings
Pinellas County Schools Announces Public Board Meeting
To Which All Persons are Invited
NOVEMBER 2, 2020
NOTE: Effective August 5, 2020, School Board Meetings and Workshops will be held in-person. Due to safety concerns, those appearing in-person must satisfactorily complete a wellness self-screening prior to entry into the building and, while in the building, wear a face covering at all times and adhere to CDC social distancing guidelines; violations of these rules may result in denial of entry and/or removal. Due to safety concerns and social distancing, only a limited number of members of the public will be able attend physically in the board room; other members of the public will attend in a separate room where they can view the meeting on a monitor.
For meetings which provide for public comments, individuals will move to the meeting room to deliver their comments. Individuals may always send comments to School Board Members at Email the School Board.
Pinellas County School Board regular meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Exceptions usually occur in the months of March, July, August, November and December when the meeting schedule is modified to accommodate holidays and school breaks.
Generally, the FIRST regular meeting of each month will begin at 10 a.m.; and, the SECOND regular meeting of the month will begin at 5 p.m. View a schedule of the regular meetings and workshop meetings. All regular meetings are held in the conference hall of the Administration Building at 301 4th Street SW in Largo, FL, except as noted below.
- February 23, 2021, 5 p.m. - Tarpon Springs High School, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
- April 27, 2021, 5 p.m. - St. Petersburg High School, 2501 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
The public is encouraged to attend; and, should they wish to address the School Board Members regarding a matter at a regular meeting, the individual should complete one of the request forms located in the lobby prior to the meeting.
Separately, the School Board also conducts workshop meetings to discuss various business items; no action occurs at workshop meetings. The board workshops are currently conducted in the conference hall of the Administration Building.
Minutes are published on BoardDocs within approximately one week following each board meeting or workshop.
Opportunities for Public to Speak – Regular Board Meetings
See Policy 0169.1 ("Public Participation at Board Meetings")
Public Comments on Agenda Items
At this time, a member of the public is allowed a total not to exceed three (3) minutes to speak to any and all "action items" on the agenda, except agenda items regarding employee discipline, student discipline, and items of a ministerial nature, such as approval of minutes or proclamations. He/she is allocated only one opportunity to speak during this time. Speakers can sign up at any time up until the Chairperson calls for speakers, or until the last speaker has concluded, whichever is later.
Public Hearings (usually second readings of policies)
At this time, a member of the public is allowed to speak for three (3) minutes to any and all of the public hearings – to each of them individually. Example – if there are two policy second readings, the same person can sign up to speak twice – three minutes to each of the two second readings and will speak at the time the item is presented. Most public hearings at Board Meetings are second readings of policy, but we also have public hearings on the budget or as required by law or policy (e.g., Policy 1060 regarding selection of a Superintendent). Speakers can sign up at any time up until the Chairperson calls for speakers, or until the last speaker has concluded, whichever is later.
At this time, a member of the public is allowed a total not exceed three (3) minutes to speak to non-agenda item issues that "pertain to the general business or operations of the Board or District." He/she is allocated only one opportunity to speak during this time, which occurs after the adjournment of the regular meeting. Speakers can sign up at any time up until the Chairperson calls for speakers, or until the last speaker has concluded, whichever is later.