NEW – HEARING NOTICE - Public testimony for the Superintendent’s Recommended FY 2025 Capital Budget and the FY 2025–2030 Capital Improvements Program.
The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold public hearings on November 6 and November 7, 2023, at 6:00 p.m., to hear testimony regarding the Superintendent’s Recommended FY 2025 Capital Budget and the FY 2025–2030 Capital Improvements Program. The hearings will be open to the public and held in-person. 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.
The public may begin signing up to provide testimony for both hearings on October 31, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. CLICK HERE to register. Individuals registering may reserve only one space.
Sign-up registration will close on the following dates:
The following time limits for testimony apply to public hearings, unless otherwise specified by the Board in the hearing notice:
Organizations*/Municipalities/Elected 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 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.
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.
Submission of Testimony and Deadlines
Once an individual or organization is registered to provide testimony, a confirmation email with testimony instructions will be sent. 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/.
Hearings, Work Session, and Board Action
The schedule for the Board of Education review, public hearings, and action on the CIP is as follows:
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.
Broadcasts 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: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/index.aspx
Hearings also will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 34 (HD 1071), Verizon FIOS Channel 36, RCN Channel 89, MCPS home page http://montgomeryschoolsmd.org, and MCPS YouTube Channel http://youtube.com/mcpstv.
Additional information about public hearings may be found in the Board of Education Handbook
The 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.
A. Sign-Up Instructions – Regular Board Business Meeting Public Comment
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 notified otherwise.
The meeting will be open to the public 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 basis.
In addition to the online sign-ups, the Board will return to the practice of in person, same day sign-ups when space allows. Unallocated slots may be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, on the day of the meeting.
In order to sign-up in person, please arrive at least 15-20 minutes before the start of the open session and sign the form. In person sign-ups will close 15 minutes before public comment begins or when all slots are filled.
Please avoid in-person attendance if you have symptoms of illness.
Congregating in the hallways and doorways will be prohibited.
Signs larger than an 8.5” x 11” will be prohibited.
B. Sign-Up Confirmations
Up to 20 speakers, will be accepted to provide public comments. These speakers will be accepted as follows:
1) Agenda - The first ten (10) individual speakers who sign up to speak to an agenda item will be accepted to provide testimony.
2) Non-Agenda - The first five (5) individual speakers who sign up to speak to a non-agenda item, will be accepted to provide comments.
3) Associations/Organizations – 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 to testify.
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.
C. Public Comment Format & Content
Each individual 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 channels.
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 leadership staff.
Additional information about public comments may be found in the Board of Education Handbook.