Skip to main content

Opportunity for Public Comment

Draft changes to Board Policy ABA, Community Involvement

The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking comments on proposed amendments to Board Policy ABA, Community Involvement, to update guidelines and practices for engagement related to Board decisions.  The policy has been available for comment since March 30, 2022.  The public comment period will extend through the summer until the first Board Policy Management Committee in fall 2022 (which has not been scheduled yet).

The draft amendments propose —

  • Implementation strategies to support staff in conducting inclusive, culturally responsive, and antiracist community engagement, including
    • research-based models of public participation with clearly stated objectives for the public’s role,
    • best practices for planning and implementing community engagement so that traditionally marginalized stakeholders may contribute their skills, knowledge, ideas, experiences, and analyses regarding issues facing the Board, and
    • a variety of participation techniques, including suggestions for community-initiated engagement with the Board.

Review Draft Policy Submit Public Comments

Draft Policy in Other Languages:
Translations are in process and will be posted as soon as possible.


Submit Comments

Fill out my online form.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Draft changes to Board Policy FFA, Naming School Facilities

The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking comments on proposed amendments to Board Policy FFA, Naming School Facilities, to update the criteria by which school names are selected as well as criteria for renaming schools.  The policy has been available for comment since February 8.  Public comments are due by Friday, April 7.  Please note:  The Board is not voting on renaming any schools at this time.  Instead, it is considering updated rules for how it will handle renaming requests going forward.

The draft amendments propose additions or clarifications to the following provisions:

  • A school may be named after an ideal or concept that affirms current Board policies, core values, or curricular objectives.
  • Geographic features named after historical persons must meet certain requirements.
  • Criteria for unacceptable names are set forth.
  • Petitions to rename a school must contain analysis that demonstrates how the existing name fails to meet criteria and include demonstration of support for the petition from the school community.
  • A two-part community engagement process is proposed for petitions received for renaming schools.

Review Draft Policy Submit Public Comments

Draft Policy in Other Languages:
English / español / 中文 / français / Português / 한국어 / tiếng Việt / አማርኛ


Submit Comments

Fill out my online form.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Draft changes to Board Policy ECA, Energy Conservation

The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking comments on proposed amendments to Board Policy ECA, Energy Conservation, to meet requirements in Maryland law and to align with the Montgomery County Climate Action Plan. The policy has been available for comment since January 13. Public comments are due by Friday, Apr. 7.

A new title is proposed to reflect a focus on sustainability: Policy ECA, Sustainability. The draft policy, a video presentation, and the opportunity to provide public comments are available here.

The draft establishes a sustainability framework and decision-making priorities that—

  • identify actions that can be taken immediately and longer term to reduce the generation of greenhouse gases and consumption of nonrenewable resources;
  • equitably and strategically deploy resources, and utilize design strategies and retrofits to make new and existing buildings more sustainable, resilient, and efficient;
  • actively manage energy and water consumption with enhanced monitoring technology;
  • increase the generation and production of solar energy and use of other renewable energy sources;
  • include waste reduction and greenhouse gas emissions in decisions related to purchasing;
  • convert or replace MCPS vehicles from diesel and gasoline to electric, hybrid, or other more efficient or cleaner-fuel vehicles; and
  • infuse sustainability concepts across school curricula in accordance with Maryland State Department of Education Environmental Literacy Standards.

Review Draft Policy Submit Public Comments

Draft Policy in Other Languages:
English / español / 中文 / français / Português / 한국어 / tiếng Việt / አማርኛ


Submit Comments

Fill out my online form.