Board Appearance Guidelines

The Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education regularly holds two public meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month unless otherwise advertised. The Board typically hears public comment at 2nd Tuesday meetings.

Process to request to appear before the Board of Public Education:

  • Requests must be received by noon on the Monday before the scheduled meeting.

  • The request should be made by completing the online form found at the “Sign Up” button on the bottom of this page.

  • Each speaker must register individually. It is not permissible for multiple names to be included on the same submission.

  • Once the request to appear has been approved you will be notified by email. Please keep this email. It is your receipt that your request has been received and approved.

Here are some protocols and processes that apply when addressing the MNPS Board

  • Please be a few minutes early to check the speaking order on the agenda. Staff members will be present to assist you if needed.

  • All speakers are limited to three minutes. The length of time may change at the chair’s discretion.

  • Your name will be listed in speaking order on the screens in the board room. Please be alert and at the microphone when the previous speaker finishes. Your time begins when the previous speaker finishes. Any additional time it takes you to walk to the microphone may count as part of your time.

  • You should begin your comments by stating your name and your address (or school assignment for MNPS employees) for the record. For example, “Good evening Chair, members of the board, and Dr. Joseph. My name is John Citizen and my address is 123 School St. in Nashville.” It is important that we have your contact information in case follow-up in necessary.

  • Avoid repeating points made by other speakers. Board members appreciate any new information you can present.

  • During your comments please be mindful to not disclose any information that could jeopardize the privacy rights of any students, faculty, or staff members.

  • You may not distribute materials, printed or otherwise, directly to board members during the meeting. If you would like to distribute materials please submit these by bringing 20 printed copies to the meeting. Staff will distribute the material as deemed appropriate by the chair.

  • You are not required to speak for the full time. If you complete your thoughts early that is fine.

  • At the close of your comments simply say, “Thank you for your time,” and return to your seat.

  • If you would like to contact board members outside of the board meeting visit www.mnps.org to find contact information.

If you have additional questions please contact: board.administrator@mnps.org, or call 615-259-8487


Public participation sign-up for board of education meeting

All speakers are limited to three minutes. The length of time may change at the chair’s discretion.