Residents of Mankato, Minnesota, were asked to provide their home addresses during the public portion of school board meetings this month in order to address officials.
Judy Sapp, Chair of the Board of Directors of Mankato District Public Schools, Establish new rules Prior to the open forum on October 18, including prohibiting residents from addressing individual school board members and requiring each speaker to state their home address publicly.
“Before the open forum, I’d like to review two things,” Saab said. “Each speaker is required to give his name and address for the record. Failure to do so will result in the individual not being permitted to speak.”
New rules first reported by Alpha News, came after “behavior by some members of the public” that Saab deemed “unacceptable”.
“Open Forum participants are prohibited from calling or addressing any individual school board or school district employee,” Saab also stated before allowing residents to speak.
“Crowd noise, or any kind of great display during the Open Forum, including clapping, talking, shouting or any outburst will cause the Open Forum to close. Furthermore, starting with the School Board meeting on November 1st, participation in the Forum will be limited. Open to individuals who wish to speak to an item on the council’s agenda.”
Mankato residents mostly shared their concerns about a Resolution passed By the Board of Directors on August 18 it requires face masks for all “Mankato District public school students and staff from kindergarten through eighth grade regardless of vaccination status within district premises and on school buses.” This decision also requires weekly testing of unvaccinated employees.
Sapp and other school board members did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the new requirements.