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Board Meeting - Audience Participation

Audience Participation at School Board Meetings during Open Forum

Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the public comment portions of the meeting designated for that purpose.  At all other times during a Board meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the presiding officer.

Any person wishing to address the Board during the period reserved for public comment at a Board meeting must sign up to be heard prior to the meeting starting.  Paperwork must be turned in to the Board President no later than 5:50 p.m. (10 minutes prior to start of meeting) in accordance with District Policy BED (LOCAL).  Forms are located on the sign in table in the board room prior to the meeting.

Open Forum – Agenda Item(s) Only:  Each person will be limited to a total of three (3) minutes to address only items listed on the agenda to the Board.  (30 minutes max total time for open forum… time per person will decrease if more that 10 people sign up to speak.)  The agenda Item number and letter must be indicated on the sign up form.  Click here for link to Board Meeting Agendas.

Open Forum – General Topic) Only:  Each person will be limited to a total of three (3) minutes to address the Board.  (30 minutes max total time for open forum… time per person will decrease if more that 10 people sign up to speak.)

The Board is not permitted to discuss or act upon any issues that are not posted on the agenda for that night’s meeting.  The Board has adopted complaint policies that are designed to secure, at the lowest possible administrative level, a prompt and equitable resolution of complaints and concerns.  Each of these processes provides that, if a resolution cannot be achieved administratively, the person may appeal the administrative decision to the Baord as a properly posted agenda item.  For further information on those policies, contact Anna Davenport at 979.826.3304, ext. 224.

The Board shall not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the audience.  If, after at least one warning from the presiding officer, any person continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, the presiding officer may request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the person removed from the meeting.


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Hempstead ISD
1440 13th Street
P.O. Box 1007
Hempstead, Texas 77445

Central Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours (June & July):
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7:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Phone: 979-826-3304
Fax: 979-826-5510

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November Veterans Day - November 11

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). The United States also originally observed Armistice Day, it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.


National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month in November raises awareness and increases outreach concerning the need for permanent families across the United States. Every year, there is a growing need for children of all ages to find secure and safe families.

National Family Literacy Month

National Family Literacy Month is an annual designation observed in November. This month, get the whole family snuggled up on the couch and open up a good book. Studies show that reading aloud with mom or dad is the most important activity when it comes to preparing children to read on their own.

National Life Writing Month

National Life Writing Month is an annual designation observed in November.   #LifeWritingMonth

The goal of National Life Writing Month is to encourage people to write about themselves and their life as they have experienced it thus far. Take a moment to write about YOUR life and YOUR memories (personal and family stories, memories, traditions, significant events).  Add something to your life’s story today!

Military Family Month

Military Family Month dedicates November to military families around the world. The observance recognizes the commitment and dedication these families make to their service members. Their sacrifices make it possible for our military to remain organized and strong.

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