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Board of Education

Public Participation

NEW - HEARING NOTICE

PROVIDE FEEDBACK REGARDING SCOPE OF THE CONSULTANTS' COUNTYWIDE BOUNDARY ASSESSMENT

On January 8, 2019, the Board of Education (Board) adopted a resolution asking the Superintendent to utilize external consultants to conduct an in-depth review and analysis of how existing school and cluster boundaries support or impede the effective use of school facilities in Montgomery County Public Schools.  The Board held a hearing on March 7, 2019, starting at 6:00 p.m., to obtain community input regarding the scope of work for the consultants, the framework for the assessment of the district’s school and cluster boundaries, and how the consultants will focus their efforts and analysis.  (Please noteNo specific boundary recommendations are under consideration.  The purpose of the hearing was to obtain feedback to inform the work of the consultants.)

In terms of the process, a Request for Proposals will be issued to select external consultants to conduct this analysis. The consultants’ review is not a boundary study for specific school assignment changes. The consultants will issue the final report of findings and options to the Board in spring 2020. Following receipt of the consultants’ analysis, the Board will determine any next steps.  Any potential future process would continue to be based on the four factors established in Board Policy FAA, Educational Facilities Planning, for consideration in determining boundaries for student assignment. These four factors are:  demographics of the student body population; geographic proximity of communities to schools; stability of assignments over time; and school capacity and enrollment. 

During the March 7, 2019, hearing, the Board obtained community input into the scope of the consultants’ work, and offered the following questions for consideration: 

1.  As a resident and/or parent, what issues are important to you to include in a review and analysis of school and cluster boundaries?

2.  If you could advise the consultants who will be conducting the MCPS boundary analysis, what would you tell the consultants are the greatest concerns among parents about the current attendance zones? 

3.  What do you want to learn from the boundary analysis? 

An agenda with speakers and testimonies was posted online on the day of the hearing. Please check the Board’s website at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/boe/meetings/.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE POLICY 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE RESOLUTION

 

 

Ways to Participate

Public Hearings

The Board of Education schedules public hearings on issues it determines to be of widespread interest and concern. A quorum of the Board is not required to be present for a hearing to be conducted. In addition to special public hearings, the Board holds hearings on its strategic plan, annual operating budget, proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and school boundaries. Hearings for the proposed capital budget and CIP and/or boundaries are governed by Board Policy FAA, Long-Range Educational Facilities Planning.

General guidelines for public hearings are as follows:


  1. The subject, date, and opportunities for signup for a public hearing are typically publicized through the Board’s customary communications channels. Unless otherwise stated in the hearing notice, signups generally begin three weeks prior to the hearing date.
  2. The agenda for the hearing is closed when the maximum number of speakers is registered or at the close of business the day before the hearing.
  3. The following time limits for testimony apply to public hearings, unless otherwise specified by the Board in the hearing notice:
  • Organizations*/Municipalities/Elected Officials: 5 minutes (*Organizations include: Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association/Montgomery County Junior Councils, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Parents Council, community organizations, MCCPTA, clusters, and the unions.)
  • Individuals: 3 minutes

A person calling to speak, other than a cluster coordinator or area vice president, may reserve only one space. Only one speaker will be registered for any organization, unless the Board provides otherwise. Individuals and organizations may not cede time to others who have signed up. Elected officials are given the courtesy of being placed on the agenda at the time of their choice. Speakers are requested to provide 20 copies of their statement at the hearing, for distribution to the Board, staff, and press. Speakers are requested to submit their testimony to the Board of Education office at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing.

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

Public Comments at Board Meetings

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

The Board is now accepting 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 a.m. the Friday before the meeting until noon 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.

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.

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.