Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Budget — Public Hearing
Interested in providing testimony to the Board
of Education concerning the superintendent's recommended Fiscal Year (FY) 2022
The superintendent of schools will release his
recommended FY 2022 Operating Budget on December 17, 2020. Virtual Hearings
will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021, and on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at
Beginning on Friday, December 18, 2020, at
9:00 a.m., individuals wishing to provide testimony for the January 11 or
January 19, 2021, virtual hearings must register online. CLICK HERE to register. Individuals registering may
reserve only one space. (Opportunity to sign up for the virtual hearing on
Monday, January 11, 2021, will cease on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at 12:00 noon, and sign-ups for
the virtual hearing on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, will cease on Wednesday,
January 13, 2021, at 12:00 noon.)
following time limits for testimony apply to public hearings, unless otherwise
specified by the Board in the hearing notice:
Officials: 5 minutes
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, homeowners
association, 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).
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.
officials are given the courtesy of being placed on the agenda at the time of
and organizations may not cede time to others who have not been guaranteed a
PLEASE NOTE: Due to
the COVID-19 pandemic, the hearings will be conducted virtually and the Board
room and Carver Auditorium will be closed to the public. Therefore, the Board
will accept written, pre-recorded video, and audio testimony submitted by email
only. Written testimony will be posted on BoardDocs, and pre-recorded video and
audio testimony will be played during the hearing. All testimonies will be made
available to the public on BoardDocs.
Submission of Testimony and Deadlines
you are selected for one of the speaking slots, you will receive a confirmation
email with instructions for video/audio submission.Please adhere to the submission deadline and instructions which
will be included in your confirmation email.Please send your
video, audio, and/or written testimony toBOETestimony@mcpsmd.org.
Testimonies that do
not adhere to submission instructions will be returned and may potentially lose
the speaking slot.
the January 11, 2021, virtual hearing, please submit video or audio testimony
no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 6, 2021, and only written testimony may be submitted by 12:00 noon, on January
the January 19, 2021, virtual hearing, please submit video or audio testimony
no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 14, 2021, and only written testimony may be submitted by 12:00 noon, on January
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/
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:
of multiple people signing up to provide the same message, consider having a
spokesperson or two sign up for the hearings.
students may want to testify but may not use the entire time allotted; consider
registering two students for one testimony slot and share the three minutes.
you are not able to sign up for the hearing or are placed on a waitlist,
consider emailing your comments to BOE@mcpsmd.orgEmails sent to this
address are automatically distributed to all Board members and leadership
public testimony should speak to the FY 2022 Operating Budget that is 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.
Broadcasts of Public
Hearings and Interpreter Services
hearings are available to view live (and will be available after the hearings
on demand) on the MCPS webpage:
also will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 34 , Verizon FIOS Channel 36,
RCN Channel 89, MCPS home page http://montgomeryschoolsmd.org, MCPS YouTube Channel http://youtube.com/mcpstv, and by phone. The
listen only phone line will be posted online and on social media before the
in Spanish: MCPS Spanish YouTube Channel http://youtube.com/mcpstvespanol
Channels: Comcast 33, Verizon 35, and RCN 88
Additional information about
public hearings may be found in the Board of Education Handbook
Do I Sign-Up to Make a Public Comment?
The Board accepts public comment sign-ups online!
In order to ensure continued public participation during
this unprecedented times, the Board of Education, is now accepting pre-recorded video and audio public testimony, in addition to written testimony. Video and audio
testimony must adhere to the same expectation for in-person presentations.
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 Wednesday before the meeting until 12:00 noon on the Friday prior to the scheduled Board
meeting, unless notified otherwise. Please note that given the current public health crisis, in person public comments are suspended until further notice. The Board continues to receive written public comments for their consideration. Thank you for your understanding.
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 email the testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the meeting during which
you will be testifying.
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
Email communications to Board of Education members should be addressed to email@example.com. All Board members will receive the message.