The 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, 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 submit their testimony electronically to the Board of Education Office at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing. If the testimony is not provided in advance, speakers are requested to provide 20 copies of their statement at the hearing, for distribution to the Board, staff, and press. Public hearings are recorded, televised, and transmitted via webcast.
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!
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 9:00 a.m. on the Monday prior to the scheduled Board
meeting, unless notified otherwise. PLEASE NOTE: The next business meeting of the Board of Education for Public Comment is Monday, February 24, 2020. Please go to our website and use the online sign-up process using the Google form. The Google form will be "open" to accept sign-ups on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, February 21, 2020, at 12:00 noon.
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, 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
Email communications to Board of Education members should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All Board members will receive the message.