About the Board of Education
The Role and Mission of the Board of Education
The Montgomery County Board of Education provides leadership and oversight for the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) by setting goals, establishing policies, and committing resources to benefit our diverse student population. The Board's work is guided by its academic priorities, as outlined in the MCPS Strategic Plan, Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence.
To carry out its duties, the Board usually meets twice each month, convening for one all-day meeting and one evening meeting. Other meetings are held to hear appeals; review and act on budgets and facilities; preside over public hearings; meet with other elected officials and public bodies; host community forums; meet regularly with stakeholders; and hold local, state, and national association meetings.
In addition, the Board consists of the following committees, which meet regularly to review issues and make recommendations for adoption by the full Board: Fiscal Management, Communications and Public Engagement, Policy, Strategic Planning, and the Committee on Special Populations.
Board and Superintendent Evaluation
On May 8, 2012, the Board of Education adopted a self-evaluation tool to reflect on the efficacy of its governance, as well as an evaluation tool for the superintendent of schools that takes into account the performance of the entire system, as well as specific goals and objectives that the Board and superintendent have set for the year.