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Board of Education

Public Participation

Ways to Participate

Public Comments at Board Meetings

The Board changed its Board meeting times!

NOTICE - Effective July 1, 2018, the Board of Education changed the start of its meeting times to generally begin at 2:00 p.m. for day business meetings and 5:30 p.m. for evening meetings. 

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

The Board accepts 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 9:00 a.m. the Friday before the meeting until 9:00 a.m. 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.

Public Comments Are Part of a Public Meeting

This hearing is a public meeting that will be broadcast live and posted as a video webcast on the Board's website. Clips from the meeting may be used by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the system of public schools operated by the Board, in future media productions, subject to the terms of use set forth on the MCPS website at this link: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/terms-of-use/. Due to modern technology, video also may be accessed or used by other community members, who also are expected to adhere to the MCPS terms of use.

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

Fiscal Year 2020 Capital Budget and Amendments to the Fiscal Year 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program - Hearing Notice

The superintendent released his CIP recommendations on October 26, 2018, which can be found at https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/planning/cipmaster.aspx

 The CIP work session was held on November 1, at 3:00 p.m. The Board held its first CIP hearing on November 8 and held its second CIP hearing on  Monday, November 12, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at Carver Educational Services Center Auditorium, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD. 

PLEASE NOTE: Sign-ups for the hearings are now closed.

Beginning on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., individuals wishing to testify during the hearings on November 8 or 12, 2018, must register online. Individuals registering to speak may reserve only one space. (Opportunity to sign up for the hearing on November 8, 2018, have ended at 9:00 a.m., on November 7, 2018, and the sign up for the hearing on November 12, 2018, have ended on November 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.) 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 34, and RCN Channel 88. Please contact the Board Office at 240-740-3030 if interpreter services are needed. Each speaker will receive three minutes to provide testimony. (Please note: The three minute time limit applies to all speakers, except for elected officials and designated cluster representatives, who will each have five minutes to testify.) 
CLICK HERE to register. 

For the November 8, 2018, hearing, please submit testimony no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 7, 2018.

For the November 12, 2018, hearing, please submit testimony no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 9, 2018.

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 press.

 

Hearings, Work Session, and Board Action

The schedule for Board of Education review, public hearings, and action on the CIP is as follows:

October 26, 2018 – the superintendent released his recommendations for the CIP.

October 29, 2018 – the superintendent presented the CIP during Board meeting.

November 8, 2018 (at 6:00 p.m.) - the Board held a public hearing.

November 12, 2018 (at 6:00 p.m.) - the Board held a public hearing.

November 15, 2018 (at 3:00 p.m.) - the Board will hold a work session.

November 27, 2018 (at 5:30 p.m.) - the Board will take action on the recommendations.

Public hearings are recorded, televised, and transmitted via webcast.

 

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

Email Comments

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