• Community Participation

    The residents of Roanoke have entrusted the education of their children to the Roanoke City School Board. As stewards of that trust, the School Board relies heavily upon the input received. Thank you in advance for your interest and participation.

    To that end, the Roanoke City School Board values open communication and is committed to hearing the views of employees, students, parents, guardians, and the residents of Roanoke. Opportunities are provided at regular meetings of the Board for those who wish to bring their thoughts and concerns before the Board. Each speaker is permitted to address the School Board for up to three minutes. 

    The School Board values open communication and we look forward to receiving your comments. We must, however, encourage civil public discourse. We ask that you keep your comments respectful in helping us achieve that goal. Community comments offer an opportunity for the public to inform the Board. The Board and Superintendent generally do not respond to comments made or questions posed. If you would like answers to questions, please present them in writing to the Clerk after speaking. Staff is present at the Board meeting and whenever possible will assist you with your inquiry.

    Residents who wish to address the Board about an item on the agenda may speak (1) during agenda Item 4 "Community Participation on Agenda Items," or (2) prior to the presentation of the agenda item.

    Residents who wish to address the Board about an item not on the agenda may speak during agenda Item 5 "Community Participation on Non-Agenda Items." Speakers who address non-agenda items should be aware that because School Board meetings are formal proceedings, and the Board will listen intently and receive their comments in writing. There will be no Board action at the completion of community comments. 

    Residents who wish to speak at the time the agenda item is presented will be called upon before the Board's discussion of the item, and the Board may ask questions for clarification. 

    Meetings are posted on the meeting calendar for the current school year. The location of each meeting is also recorded on the calendar. Meeting dates and locations may be obtained from the Board's website at www.rcps.info or by contacting the School Board Clerk at (540) 853-1655.

    Speaker Sign-up

    Persons wishing to address the Board on agenda or non-agenda items should register in one of the following ways:

    1. Before noon on the day of the meeting, telephone the Clerk at (540) 853-1655 to register. You will be asked for your name, address, and the subject you wish to present


    2. Arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time of the meeting to sign in. You will be asked to submit your name, address, and the subject you wish to present to the Clerk. Citizens who do not register in advance of the meeting will not be called upon to speak.

    When your name is called, please go to the speaker's podium. Clearly state your name and whether you are a resident of the City of Roanoke for the public record.

    If you have documentation or a formal written statement that you wish to share with the Board, please file this documentation with the Clerk. 

    Please note: Signing for the hearing impaired can be made available as well as access for persons with disabilities. Arrangements should be made with the Clerk at (540) 853-1655 for such service by the Wednesday prior to the meeting date.