– HEARING NOTICE - Public testimony for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Capital
Budget, Amendments to the FY 2021-2026 Capital Improvements Program (CIP), and
Recommendation on the Boundary Study
in providing testimony concerning the FY 2022 Capital Budget, Amendments to the
FY 2021-2026 CIP, and Recommendation on the Somerset and Westbrook Elementary
Schools Boundary Study?
Montgomery County Board of Education will hold virtual public hearings on
November 2, and November 5, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., to hear testimony regarding the
FY 2022 Capital Budget, Amendments to the FY 2021-2026 CIP, and Recommendation
on the Somerset and Westbrook Elementary Schools Boundary Study.
Beginning on Monday,
October 26, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., individuals wishing to provide testimony for
the November 2 and November 5, 2020, virtual hearings must register
online. CLICK HERE to
register. Individuals registering may reserve only one space. Sign-ups for the virtual
hearing on November 2 will end on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Sign-ups
for the virtual hearing on November 5 will end on Thursday, October 29, 2020,
at 5:00 p.m.
is limited. Please sign up as early as
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.
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
If 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 to BOETestimony@mcpsmd.org.
Testimonies that do not adhere to
submission instructions will be returned and may potentially lose the speaking
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/.
Hearings, Work Session, and Board Action
The schedule for Board of Education review, public hearings, and
action on the Facilities and Boundaries recommendations are as follows:
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
Instead of multiple people
signing up to provide the same message, consider having a spokesperson or two
sign up for the hearings.
Some 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.
If you are not able to sign up
for the hearing or are placed on a waitlist, consider emailing your comments to
BOE@mcpsmd.org Emails sent to
this address are automatically distributed to all Board members and leadership
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
Hearings 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:
Watch in Spanish: MCPS Spanish
YouTube Channel http://youtube.com/mcpstvespanol
TV 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All Board members will receive the message.