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4J School Board Meetings to Allow Virtual Public Comment

Elizabeth Gabriel

The Eugene 4J School board meetings will host live virtual public comment periods. Since the beginning of the pandemic, community members have had to submit written testimonies, typically in the form of emails. 4J School Board Chair Mary Walston says she’s pleased the district will be able to offer this opportunity.

“I’m happy that we’re able to do this," said Walston. "We’ll start off small and see what we can do. I know it’s been a long time and I know it’s been frustrating for some members of the community not to be able to offer that real-time public comment.”

School district staff is still determining the process for signing up to provide a public comment, and the best way to accommodate a large group of speakers. 4J’s virtual public comment periods will take place starting Dec. 2.

Elizabeth Gabriel is a former KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She is an education reporter at WFYI in Indianapolis.
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