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Public Hearings

Fiscal Year 2021 Capital Budget to the Fiscal Year 2021-2026 Capital Improvements Program—Hearing Notice

Interested in providing testimony concerning the Superintendent's Recommended Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Capital Budget to the FY 2021-2026 Capital Improvements Program (CIP)?

The superintendent has released his recommended CIP on October 25, 2019.

Hearings, Work Sessions, and Board Action

The Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) held a work session on the CIP on Monday, November 4, at 10:00 a.m. and will hold a second work session on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. The adoption of the proposed CIP is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

The Board will hold public hearings in the Carver Educational Services Center auditorium, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, and in accordance with the following schedule:

November 5, 2019 (at 6:00 p.m.) - the Board held a CIP public hearing.

November 7, 2019 (at 6:00 p.m.) - the Board held a CIP/Forest Knolls, Montgomery Knolls, and Pine Crest Boundary Study public hearing.

November 13, 2019 (at 6:00 p.m.) - the Board held a Clarksburg, Northwest, and Seneca Valley Facilities and Boundary Study public hearing.

November 18, 2019 (at 6:00 p.m.) - the Board will hold a districtwide boundary analysis hearing.

November 20, 2019 (at 6:00 p.m.) - the Board will hold a hearing if alternatives are offered. Please note that this hearing has been rescheduled to November 25, 2019 (at 6:00 p.m.), if alternatives are offered. 

**Reminder: This schedule could change due to inclement weather. Therefore, please check our website regularly for updates.

Individuals who wish to testify for the CIP hearings on November 5, 7 and 13, may register online HERE, beginning on Tuesday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m.

*Please note that the November 5, 7, and 13 sign-ups have ceased. 

Individuals who wish to testify for the districtwide boundary analysis hearing on November 18, may register online HERE, beginning on Tuesday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m.

*Please note that the November 18 sign-up has ceased. 

Individuals registering to speak may reserve only one space. Every effort will be made to ensure that the Board hears from a broad range of perspectives regardless of the order in which individuals register to testify. Opportunity to sign up for the hearing on November 5, 2019, ended at 9:00 a.m., on November 4, 2019; the sign up for the hearing on November 7, 2019, ended at 9:00 a.m. on November 6, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.; sign up for the November 13, 2019, hearing ended on November 12, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. Each speaker will receive three (3) minutes to provide testimony. Please note: The three minutes time limit applies to all speakers, except for elected officials and designated cluster representatives, who will each have five (5) minutes to testify.

Phase One of Districtwide Boundary Analysis Underway

Phase one of this initiative will include data analysis and community engagement activities. The outreach activities will aim to increase awareness around key opportunities and challenges within the current boundaries and provide a platform for discussion. Click HERE for the Districtwide Boundary Analysis Webpage.

As noted above, the Board held a Districtwide Boundary Analysis public hearing on Monday, November 18, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. Testimony sign-ups for this hearing began on October 29, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., and ended on November 15, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. Speakers for this hearing will be granted three (3) minutes each to provide testimony.

You do not need to sign up to attend and observe the hearings. All hearings are broadcast live on Comcast Channel 34, Verizon FIOS Channel 36, and RCN Channel 89. Please contact the Board Office at 240-740-3030 if interpreter services are needed.

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

Testimony Submission and Registration

CLICK HERE to register for the CIP; Clarksburg, Northwest, and Seneca Valley Facilities and Boundary Study; and/or Forest Knolls, Montgomery Knolls, and Pine Crest Boundary Study hearings.

CLICK HERE to register for the Districtwide Boundary Analysis hearing.

For the November 7, 2019, hearing, please submit written testimony no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 6, 2019.

For the November 13, 2019, hearing, please submit written testimony no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 12, 2019.

For the November 18, 2019, Districtwide Boundary Analysis hearing, please submit written testimony no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 15, 2019.

The agenda with the list of speakers will be posted by noon on the day of the hearing. Please check the Board’s website at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/boe/meetings/.

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. Written testimonies 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 the press.

Public Comments at Board Meetings

How Do I Sign Up to Make a Public Comment?

The Board accepts public comment sign ups online!

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, 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, including being posted on the Board’s website and through a release to the news media.
  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, unless otherwise specified by the Board in the hearing notice.
  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 employee associations.)
    • Individuals: 3 minutes

A person calling to speak, 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 submit their testimony electronically to the Board of Education Office at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing.

If the testimony is not provided in advance, speakers are requested to provide 20 copies of their statement at the hearing, for distribution to the Board, staff, and press. Public hearings are recorded, televised, and transmitted via webcast.

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

Public Comments at Board Meetings

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

The Board accepts public comment sign-ups online!

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 9:00 a.m. on the Monday prior to the scheduled Board meeting. Please note that due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, sign-ups for the December 3 Board Business meeting will open on November 26 at 9:00 a.m. and close on December 2 at 9:00 a.m. 

 

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

E-mail Comments

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