Parents will have 30 minutes on Wednesday to make their best case for why Broughton High School does or does not need its magnet program.
At the start of next week's meeting, which begins at 9:30 a.m., 15 minutes will be given to each side of the Broughton issue. If people take the full three minutes allowed, then each side will have time for up to five speakers.
If some board members had their way there would be less time for public comment on Wednesday.
During Tuesday's board meeting, board member Ron Margiotta asked if there were plans to allow public comment at next week's meeting. (BTW, Margiotta is one of the board members who's leaning toward removing Broughton's magnet program.)
The board typically schedules up to 30 minutes at each regular board meeting for public comment. But the time is often expanded if there are a lot of speakers.
Board member Beverley Clark, who is leading the demagnetization effort, argued that they had "received hours of comments" from parents on the issue. She proposed allowing only 15 minutes for public comment.
Clark's request died when no one seconded the motion.
That's when board member Patti Head, also a demagnetization supporter, proposed giving 15 minutes to each side. She said she didn't think it would be fair to only hear from the people who happened to be the first to sign up.
Supporters of keeping the magnet program have been overshadowed so far by those who want to remove it from Broughotn. For instance, all the speakers about Broughton on Tuesday urged that the program be moved to another school.