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Durham School Board Members Look To Revamp Public Comment Rules

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DURHAM, N.C. — Sounding off on school board members may soon not be allowed at Durham school board meetings.

After a heated moment at a board meeting in December, board members met to revamp the rules of public comment.

Under strong consideration is a rule that would limit public discussion to just items on the agenda.

Some school board members say too often public comment strays into personal attacks.

"I realize there is the public perception that the board does not do a good job of listening to people. It is our obligation to improve it," school board member Stephen Schewel said.

A subcommittee met Tuesday evening to brainstorm possible changes and will make recommendations to the full board at its next meeting.

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