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NEW - Comment on the Operating Budget - Amended Hearing Notice

PLEASE NOTE: Due to emergency weather conditions, the January 4, 2018, Operating Budget Hearing has been postponed to Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. As a result, this hearing notice is being amended to reflect the new hearing and related information. 

Interested in providing testimony to the Board of Education concerning the superintendent's recommended Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Operating Budget?

The superintendent released his recommended FY 2019 Operating Budget on December 19, 2017. Hearings are currently scheduled for Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at Carver Educational Services Center Auditorium, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD. A waitlist to comment at the January 16 hearing is currently being accepted.

Individuals wishing to testify during the January 10 or January 16, 2018, hearing sessions must register online. CLICK HERE to register. Individuals registering to speak may reserve only one space. (Opportunity to sign up will end at 5:00 p.m., on January 9, 2018, for the hearing on January 10, 2018, and sign-ups will end at 5:00 p.m., on January 15, 2018, for the hearing on January 16, 2018.) You do not need to sign up to attend and observe the hearings. If interpretation services are needed, please call the Board Office at 301-279-3617 by January 12.  Each speaker will receive three minutes to provide testimony. (Please note: The three minute time limit applies to all speakers, except for elected officials, designated cluster representatives, and designated union/association representatives, who will each have five minutes to testify.)

Each speaker is requested to provide the written testimony no later than listed below:

  • For the January 10, 2018, hearing, please submit testimony no later than 5 p.m. January 9, 2018.

  • For the January 16, 2018, hearing, please submit testimony no later than 5 p.m. January 15, 2018. 

Written testimony should be 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. The written testimony must include the date on which the speaker will be testifying. If testimony is not provided as noted in the schedule above, speakers are requested to bring 20 copies of their statement to the hearing for distribution to the Board, staff, and press.

Operating Budget

The superintendent of schools released his recommended budget on December 19, 2017.

Hearings, Work Session, and Board Action

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

  1. December 19, 2017 - superintendent releases recommended Operating Budget.
  2. January 10 and 16, 2018 (at 6:30 p.m.) - the Board will hold public hearings on the Operating Budget.
  3. January 18 and 25, 2018 (at 5:00 p.m.) - the Board will hold work sessions on the Operating Budget.
  4. February 13, 2018 (at 10:00 a.m.) - the Board will take tentative action on the recommended Operating Budget.

The schedule for providing testimony on the Operating Budget is as follows:

  • December 20, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., sign-ups begin online for individuals wishing to testify about the Operating Budget.

  • January 9, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., sign-ups cease for January 10, 2018, hearing; please submit testimony for that hearing.

  • January 15, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., sign-ups cease for January 16, 2018, hearing; please submit testimony for that hearing.


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.

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.

Additional information about public hearings may be found in the Board of Education Handbook


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


E-mail Correspondence

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

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