Board of Education Public Comments

Speaking/Attending Board Meetings

The Board of Education holds regular meetings, open to the public, as indicated on the board’s calendar. Meetings are held at the district’s offices at 930 Eastern Avenue, Nashville, N.C., unless indicated otherwise on the meeting schedule. All board meetings, work sessions, and committee meetings are live-streamed on the Nash County Public Schools’ YouTube channel.

Public comments are scheduled at each regular meeting.

Sign up Process

To be eligible to speak, speakers must sign up by contacting Board Clerk Sarita Lamm via email ( or telephone (252.937.9092), no later than Noon on the day of the meeting. Speakers must provide their name, phone number, and the topic of their comments. Speakers may also sign up in person by visiting the district’s office at 930 Eastern Avenue, Nashville, N.C.. Speakers must attend the meeting in person.

Speaking Time

During the public comment, you may speak for up to three minutes. 

Speaking Order

Speakers will be heard in order of sign-up. 

Speaking Protocols

Speakers are welcome to offer comments or criticism directed at substantive ideas, actions, or procedures of the Board and individual Board members. In the interest of maintaining civility and decorum, however, speakers must refrain from personal attacks and insults directed at the Board, individual Board members, staff, or members of the general public.

The laws and policies of North Carolina provide that issues or concerns involving individual personnel matters are confidential, and, therefore, not appropriate for public comment settings. Concerns related to personnel issues may be addressed through appropriate NCPS personnel, the grievance policy, or other applicable policies.

Speakers, including students, may discuss issues and matters of general concern but should refrain from discussing confidential student information. Concerns related to confidential student matters may be addressed through applicable NCPS personnel, the grievance policy or other applicable policies.

Special Accommodations

Anyone who requires disability accommodations is encouraged to contact Sarita Lamm at prior to the day of the meeting. 

Meeting Protocols and Standards

Nash County Board of Education meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the official business of the school system.  The public is cordially invited to attend Board meetings to observe the Board as it conducts its official business. Per Policy 2310: “Persons who willfully interrupt, disrupt, or cause disturbances at an official meeting may be directed to leave by the presiding officer. Members of the audience should show respect for the speakers by refraining from loud comments or other disruptions. Disruptions by any person or persons at a public meeting will be subject to action in accordance with G.S. 143-318.17."

G.S. 143-318.17: “A person who willfully interrupts, disturbs, or disrupts an official meeting and who, upon being directed to leave the meeting by the presiding officer, willfully refuses to leave the meeting is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.” Penalties for disruption include being directed to leave board meetings by the presiding officer and exclusion from school property.