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Board of Education

Public Participation

Ways to Participate

Public Comments at Board Meetings

The Board changed its Board meeting times!

NOTICE - Effective July 1, 2018, the Board of Education changed the start of its meeting times to generally begin at 2:00 p.m. for day business meetings and 5:30 p.m. for evening meetings. 

How Do I Sign-Up to Make a Public Comment?

The Board accepts sign-ups online only!

NOTICE - The form to sign-up to provide public comment at the next Board of Education Business meeting can be found here. The form is generally available from 9:00 a.m. the Friday before the meeting until 9:00 a.m. on the Monday prior to the scheduled Board meeting.

At most business meetings, 30 minutes are set aside for Public Comments from residents to encourage public participation. The first fifteen (15) speakers who register online, will be granted three (3) minutes each to speak as follows:

  • The Board will reserve ten (10) of the fifteen (15) slots for public comments for speakers who wish to comment on issues that are on the agenda for that day’s Board meeting. The other five (5) slots will be reserved for speakers who wish to comment on other issues that are not specifically on the agenda.
  • Unallocated slots may be filled—first come, first served—on the day of the meeting by signing the appropriate sheet at the Board meeting no later than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time for Public Comments.

What is an Appropriate Subject for Public Comments?

This is not the proper avenue to address specific student or employee matters, especially those matters on appeal to the Board. Comments about the actions or statements of individual staff members are not appropriate for Public Comments and should be referred to the Superintendent of Schools or processed through available channels.

Public Comments Are Part of a Public Meeting

This hearing is a public meeting that will be broadcast live and posted as a video webcast on the Board's website. Clips from the meeting may be used by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the system of public schools operated by the Board, in future media productions, subject to the terms of use set forth on the MCPS website at this link: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/terms-of-use/. Due to modern technology, video also may be accessed or used by other community members, who also are expected to adhere to the MCPS terms of use.

Written Testimony

In advance of the meeting, please e-mail the testimony to boe@mcpsmd.org, fax it to 301-279-3860, or deliver to the Board of Education Office (850 Hungerford Drive, Suite 123, Rockville, MD 20850) and indicate the meeting during which you will be testifying.

If testimony is not provided in advance, speakers are requested to provide 20 copies of their written testimony for distribution to Board members, staff, and the press.

Public Hearings

Fiscal Year 2020 Capital Budget and Amendments to the Fiscal Year 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program - Hearing Notice

The superintendent released his CIP recommendations on October 26, 2018, which can be found at https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/planning/cipmaster.aspx

CIP work sessions were held on November 1, and November 16, 2018. The Board held CIP hearings on November 8 and November 12, 2018, at Carver Educational Services Center Auditorium, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD. 

PLEASE NOTE: Sign-ups for the hearings are now closed.

Beginning on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., individuals who wished to testify during the hearings on November 8 or 12, 2018, registered online. Individuals registered to speak were allowed to reserve only one space. (Opportunity to sign up for the hearing on November 8, 2018, ended at 9:00 a.m., on November 7, 2018, and for the hearing on November 12, 2018, ended at 9:00 a.m. on November 9, 2018) It was not required to sign up to attend and observe the hearings.  All hearings were broadcast live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon FIOS Channel 34, and RCN Channel 88. Each speaker received three minutes to provide testimony. (Please note: The three minute time limit applied to all speakers, except for elected officials and designated cluster representatives, who had five minutes to testify.) 

For the November 8, 2018, hearing, testimony was due no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 7, 2018.

For the November 12, 2018, hearing, testimony was due no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 9, 2018.

The agenda with the list of speakers was posted by noon on the day of the hearing at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/boe/meetings/.

Written testimony was sent to boe@mcpsmd.org, faxed to 301-279-3860, or delivered to the Board of Education Office at 850 Hungerford Drive, Suite 123, Rockville, MD 20850. Written testimonies included the date on which the speaker testified. If testimony was not provided as noted in the schedule above, speakers were requested to bring 20 copies of their statement to the hearing for distribution to the Board, staff, and press.

 

Hearings, Work Session, and Board Action

The schedule for Board of Education review, public hearings, and action on the CIP is as follows:

October 26, 2018 – the superintendent released his recommendations for the CIP.

October 29, 2018 – the superintendent presented the CIP during the Board meeting.

November 8, 2018 (at 6:00 p.m.) - the Board held a public hearing.

November 12, 2018 (at 6:00 p.m.) - the Board held a public hearing.

November 16, 2018 (at 9:00 a.m.) (Note date and time change) - the Board held a work session.

November 27, 2018 (at 5:30 p.m.) - the Board will take action on the recommendations.

Public hearings are recorded, televised, and transmitted via webcast.

 

Written Comments

Individuals and groups may send written comments to the Board. Correspondence sent to the Board president will be copied to all Board members.

Montgomery County Board of Education
850 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Email Comments

E-mail communications to Board of Education members should be addressed to boe@mcpsmd.org. All Board members will receive the message.