Public Participation in the Meetings of the Board of Education
Please be aware of revisions made to the Howard County Board of Education Policy 2040, Public Participation in Meetings, effective July 1, 2016. Residents are reminded that written testimony, including identifying information, is considered public information and, as such, is subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.
Please contact the Board of Education Office at 410-313-7194 with any questions or concerns.
Speaking at Public Forum
The Board looks forward to hearing comments from a maximum of five citizens on educational issues during regular meetings. Each speaker is limited to three minutes. Citizen participation is not intended to be a question and answer session. However, each speaker will receive a written response. All persons are expected to exhibit civil behavior in accordance with Policy 1000 Civility. Public Forum follows Policy 2040 Public Participation in Meetings of the Board.Topics excluded from Public Forum are:
- Individual personal issues
- Complaints identifying individual students
- Matters that are on appeal
- Topics for which the Board schedules formal public hearings
- Advertising or solicitation for products and/or services
Public Forum Written Comments
All written comments submitted during Public Forum will be uploaded into BoardDocs. No personal information will be removed. It is recommended that comments submitted contain only include the constituent’s name. Comments submitted are a part of the public record maintained by the Board Office.
Public Hearing Pre-Registration Disclosure
Individuals who do not pre-register may sign up at the time of the Public Hearing, and will testify in order of signatures after those who pre-registered.
Public Hearing Pre-Registration and Testimony
The Policy 2040 Public Participation in Meetings of the Board states that community members may pre-register to speak at a public hearing electronically or by contacting the Board of Education office by telephone or in person. Groups of five must call the Board Office and not register online. Pre-registration opens three weeks prior to a public hearing and closes one day before.
Information collected during the online pre-registration process is for Board Office use only for follow-up letters and possible meeting changes.
Testimony during the public hearing, including any visual or audio presentations, will be limited to three (3) minutes. The Board expects that any testimony, including visual or audio presentations, be delivered with the decorum and respect appropriate to the conduct of the public’s business.
Speakers are requested to provide twelve (12) copies of their testimony for distribution to Board members and staff at the hearing. Written testimony will be posted to the appropriate part of the online agenda following the meeting as it is part of the public record maintained by the Board Office. Testimony will not be edited before posting online—no personal information will be removed. It is recommended that written testimony submitted at the public hearing only include the constituent’s name.
Pre-registration opens three weeks prior to a public hearing and closes one day before. No upcoming hearings are currently scheduled.
Public Hearing Written Testimony submitted via email or USPS mail
Individuals may also submit written testimony via USPS mail or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All testimony is part of the public record maintained by the Board Office. All testimony submitted for public hearings via email or regular mail will be uploaded as submitted to BoardDocs. Written testimony will not be edited before posting online—no personal information will be removed. It is recommended that written testimony submitted only include the constituent’s name.
It is highly recommended that testimony sent via email be submitted as an attachment with only the constituent’s name included. Only the attachment will be posted online. If testimony is submitted in the text of an email, the entire email—including the constituent’s email address—will be posted.