NEW – HEARING NOTICE - Public
testimony for the Interim Superintendent’s Recommended FY 2023 Capital Budget
and the FY 2023–2028 Capital Improvements Program, and Recommendation on two Boundary
The Montgomery County Board of Education
will hold public hearings on November 2, November 4, and November 8, 2021, at
6:00 p.m., to hear testimony regarding the FY 2023 Capital Budget, the FY
2023–2028 Capital Improvements Program, and Recommendations on the Gaithersburg
#8 and Bethesda, Somerset, and Westbrook elementary schools boundary studies. The hearings
will be held in-person and will be open to the public with limited
capacity. The Board also will continue
to accept pre-recorded audio and video submissions for individuals who wish to
remain virtual. All testimonies will be made
available to the public on BoardDocs. Individuals who wish to provide public
comments will register using the online registration form.
Beginning on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 12:00 noon, individuals wishing
to provide testimony for the November 2, 4, and 8, 2021, hearings must
register online. CLICK HERE to register. Individuals registering may reserve only
one space. Sign-ups for the hearing on November 2 and 4 will close on Wednesday,
October 27, 2021, at 12:00 noon. Sign-ups for the hearing on November
8 will close on Monday, November 1, 2021, at 12:00 noon.
Space is limited. Please sign up as early as possible.
The following time limits for
testimony apply to public hearings, unless otherwise specified by the Board in
the hearing notice:
Officials: 5 minutes
*Organizations may 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. This includes individuals who are providing collective advocacy
or a position on behalf of an organization (but not members of organizations
who are speaking in their individual capacity).
A speaker who signs up to testify,
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.
Elected officials are given the
courtesy of being placed on the agenda at the time of their choice.
Individuals: 3 minutes
Individuals and organizations may
not cede time to others who have not been guaranteed a speaking slot.
Submission of Testimony and Deadlines
If you are selected for one of the
speaking slots, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for testimony
submission. Please adhere to the
submission deadline and instructions which will be included in your
confirmation email. Please send your testimony to BOETestimony@mcpsmd.org.
Testimonies that do not adhere to submission instructions will be
returned and may potentially lose the speaking slot.
The agenda with the list of
speakers will be posted no later than noon on the day of the hearing at https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/boe/meetings/.
Work Session, and Board Action
The schedule for Board of Education review,
public hearings, and action on the CIP is as follows:
Those who wish to express their collective advocacy for a particular viewpoint be reminded that in-person attendance will be limited to speakers and a limited number of audience observers. Therefore, please consider having a spokesperson sign up to provide testimony on behalf of your group.
Testimony Subject Matter
Generally, public testimony should speak to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and the school boundary issues that are before the Board for action. 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.
of Public Hearings and Interpreter Services
All hearings are available to view
live (and will be available after the hearings on demand) on the MCPS webpage:
Hearings also will be broadcast
live on Comcast Channel 34 , Verizon FIOS Channel 36, RCN Channel 89, MCPS home
page http://montgomeryschoolsmd.org, and MCPS YouTube
Additional information about
public hearings may be found in the Board of Education Handbook
Board of Education designates time, during regular board business meetings, for
public comments. The Board is interested in hearing a broad range of perspectives
from the community during this time. The
process for signing up and providing public testimony is outlined below. If you have questions regarding this process,
please submit them to BOETestimony@mcpsmd.org.
Instructions – Regular Board Business Meeting
Individuals may sign-up to provide public comment at the next
Board of Education business meeting HERE. The sign-up period typically
opens to the public one week before the business meeting at 6:00 p.m., unless
The meeting will be open to the public with limited seating and in-person public comments will be permitted. The Board also will
continue to accept pre-recorded audio and video submissions for individuals who
wish to remain virtual. All testimonies will be made available to the public on
BoardDocs. Individuals who wish to provide public comments will register using
the online registration form and will be selected on a first-come, first-served
Observing the Board Meeting in Person
Board meetings will
continued to be streamed live for public observation. Meetings also are open to
the public with limited seating. Attendees who are interested in observing the
meeting in person may reserve a maximum of two (2) seats in advance
using the online registration form below. Although reservations are not required to attend Board meetings, it is highly encouraged so
that your seat will be guaranteed as long as space permits. Once the
seats are filled, we will not be able to accommodate additional public
observers and standing room will not be available.
Reservations will be
taken on a first-come, first-served basis and will open one week prior to the
Board meeting date at 4:00 p.m. and will remain open until the seats are filled
or until 12:00 p.m. the day before the meeting.
To register to attend
the Board meeting, click HERE.
avoid in-person attendance if you have symptoms of illness.
Congregating in the hallways and
doorways will be prohibited.
Public comment speakers will be
designated one seat per person in the meeting room.
Signs larger than an 8.5” x 11” will be
Up to 20 speakers, will
be accepted to provide public comments.
These speakers will be accepted as follows:
- The first ten (10) individual speakers who sign up to speak to an agenda item will be accepted to provide testimony.
- The first five (5) individual speakers who sign up to speak to a non-agenda item, will be accepted to provide comments.
– Five (5) speaking slots are reserved for associations and organizations and
may be used to speak to an agenda item. Upon registration, three of these slots will be reserved for the following associations: Montgomery County Association of
Administrators and Principals/Montgomery County Business and Operations
Administrators (MCAAP/MCBOA); 2) Montgomery County Education Association
(MCEA); and 3) Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 500. Please note: If associations do not register, slots may be offered to other individuals/organizations who signed up to testify. The other
two reserved slots are for any community or school organizations or
associations and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
4) Exceptions - The Board reserves the right to limit the number of speakers and/or
similar perspectives on a particular agenda topic. When the Board receives more requests than
the allotted number of testimony slots available, registrations from
individuals who have testified at a regular board business meeting within the
last 30 calendar days may be declined, so that others may have an opportunity
In the event that the slots reserved for associations/organizations are
not filled, those speaking slots will be offered to those individuals who have
signed up to speak on an agenda topic on a first-come, first-served basis.
Comment Format & Content
speaker, association and organization will receive two (2) minutes to provide testimony.
Once the slots for
public comment are filled, speakers will receive a confirmation email with
instructions about how to prepare video/audio comments for submission. Please
adhere to the submission deadline and instructions which will be included in the
confirmation email. All written, video and audio, comments for
the meeting should be submitted to BOETestimony@mcpsmd.org.
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 Comment and should be
referred to the Superintendent of Schools or processed through available
Those who are not able
to sign up or not selected to provide comments during the meeting, may email comments to BOE@mcpsmd.org. Emails
sent to this address are automatically distributed to all Board members and