Governing Board Meetings
As has been a longtime practice, meetings are live streamed on the district YouTube channel and can be accessed at mpsaz.org/live. A recording will be available on YouTube within 24 hours of the conclusion of the meeting. Viewers may select their preferred language for subtitles on the recording. Live and archived meetings are available online for your viewing convenience.
Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to participate in governing board meetings or individuals requesting language interpretation should contact Martha Head, assistant to the Governing Board, as far in advance as possible at 480-472-0201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agendas are available at least 24 hours before the meeting. Items not on an agenda may not be discussed.
Attending a meeting
The Governing Board welcomes your attendance and appreciates your interest in Mesa students. Informed and involved community members who support education will help Mesa Public Schools in preparing young people for the work place.
All study sessions and regular meetings are open to the public.
Regular meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in the Board Room of the Curriculum Services Center, 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise indicated in the public meeting notice and meeting agenda.
For public comment on an agenda item please submit a request to address the board located in the board room lobby. Governing Board policy BDDH allows for 15 minutes of public comment and three minutes per speaker. Individual speaking time may be adjusted to maximize the number of participants. The Board president will call the names of those who ask to speak. Speakers should come forward to the microphone, state your name and address for the record, then share your comments with the Board. Community members may also request to speak on items that are not on the meeting agenda at the Call to the Public which takes place at the second meeting of the month.
Community members who do not attend the meeting, may share their thoughts with Board members at any time through email. We encourage you to email prior to the meeting so the members have the opportunity to consider your input.
Regular meetings include:
- Action items such as personnel matters, the consent agenda, policy adoptions and other issues. The consent agenda contains items that are considered with one vote; the Board may pull any of the items and take a separate vote.
- Presentations about agenda items or future issues.
- Recognition of students, district staff members and volunteers.
If scout troops are in attendance at the meetings, the Board will recognize the young people and may ask a scout to lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Call 480-472-0223 for more information, or check in with the director at the meeting.
Study sessions include:
- Study sessions usually take place before regular meetings.
- District staff may give presentations to offer information about a program or an upcoming issue, and agenda items for the regular meeting may be reviewed.
- During a study session, the board may have discussion but no vote or official action is taken.
- There is no public comment at study sessions.
Arizona Open Meeting Law
Arizona statutes allow the Board to meet in executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss the following: personnel matters, meet and confer (employee negotiations), legal matters with attorneys, purchase or lease of real property and litigation.