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Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education calls special meeting

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education will meet on Thursday, Oct. 1, in a specially called meeting. The board will meet in open session at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Education Building located at 4801 Bethania Station Road in Winston-Salem. The building will open to the public at 4 p.m.

The auditorium will be open to a limited audience per Gov. Cooper’s Executive Order. All individuals wishing to attend will be required to submit to a symptom and temperature screening upon arrival and must wear face coverings and observe social distancing for the duration of the meeting. There will be overflow seating space available for people to watch the meeting live broadcast in Room 219 and 223 of the WS/FCS Education Building. As always, the meeting will be available for viewing on WS/FCS Cable2 (Spectrum viewers) or a link to the live broadcast can be found on the WS/FCS Cable2 webpage.

The agenda and the supporting materials can be found under the Meetings tab at the top of the Board of Education webpage or via this link.

The public is also invited to speak only on the agenda items during the public comment section of this special called meeting. Those wishing to speak virtually on an agenda item can use this link, https://bit.ly/agendaspeaking, to sign up and speak virtually. Virtual speakers must sign up via the electronic form by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, in order to receive instructions on how to call into the meeting and speak at the given time.

As always, those wishing to speak to the board in person will be asked to sign up in person. Signup sheets will be available when the building opens at 4 p.m. until the meeting begins at which point the signup period will close.

Please note, pursuant to Board Policy 9000, those speaking in person will be allowed to address the board first. Virtual speakers will be called on to speak after in-person speakers, in the order in which they signed up. Also pursuant to the policy, the public comment period is limited to 30 minutes. If a large number of people sign up to speak, the board chair may increase the public comment period or reduce the speaking time for individual speakers. Speaking time will be no longer than three minutes, however, the board chair does have the ability to reduce the amount of time allotted per speaker.

As always, those wishing to address the board of education can email members via their email addresses advertised on the board of education webpage.