Interested in providing testimony to the Board of Education concerning the superintendent's recommended Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Operating Budget?
The superintendent will release his recommended FY 2020 Operating Budget on December 18, 2018. A hearing was held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. and another hearing is scheduled for Monday, January 14, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Carver Educational Services Center Auditorium, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD.
NOTE: Registration for the hearings are closed.
Beginning on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., individuals wishing to testify during the January 9 or January 14, 2019, hearing sessions must register online. CLICK HERE to register. Individuals registering to speak may reserve only one space. (Opportunity to sign up has ended on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. for the hearing on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, and sign-ups have ended on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., for the hearing on Monday, January 14, 2019.) You do not need to sign up to attend and observe the hearings. 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 employee association representatives, who will each have five minutes to testify.)
Each speaker is requested to provide the written testimony no later than listed below:
The agenda with the list of speakers will be posted no later than noon on the day of the hearing at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/boe/meetings/
The Board of Education is interested in hearing from as many people as possible during the hearings and would like to avoid assigning anyone to a waitlist. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions for those who wish to express their collective advocacy for a particular viewpoint:
Work Session, and Board Action
schedule for Board of Education review, public hearings, and action on the
Operating Budget is as follows:
schedule for providing testimony on the Operating Budget is as follows:
to inclement weather, this schedule could change, so please check our website.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
advance of the meeting, please e-mail the testimony to email@example.com, 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.
testimony is not provided in advance, speakers are requested to provide 20
copies of their written testimony for distribution to Board members, staff, and
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 communications to Board of Education members should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All Board members will receive the message.