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BCPSS School Board Meeting 7/25/23

Date/Time
Date(s) – Tuesday, July 25, 2023
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

School Board Meetings

Board meetings occur on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month; in months when there are school holiday breaks, only one meeting is scheduled. The closed executive session typically begins at 3:00 p.m., and the public business meeting starts at 5:00p.m. The meeting agenda is posted to BoardDocs (the Board’s governance website) on the Friday preceding the meeting date. 

The public can provide comments at these meetings according to a process outlined in Board policy and summarized as follows:

  • Members of the public interested in submitting public comment for Board meetings may sign up by email or in person. Only 10 speaking opportunities will be available during each Board meeting. Public comment is accepted on a first come first serve basis. 
    • To sign up by email, please send an email message to Leatrice Jones at LLJones02@bcps.k12.md.us between 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. on the day of a Board meeting. Only comments submitted during that timeframe will be accepted or until 10 speaking opportunities have been submitted.
      • Types of email submissions:
        • Email message no longer than 400 words that will be read aloud by Board staff
        • Email a three-minute video that will be broadcasted during the Board meeting
        • Email message stating you will give public comment virtually during the live meeting
    • To sign up in person, visit the North Avenue headquarters building between 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. on the day of a Board meeting. After checking in at the front desk, you may visit the Re-Engagement Center or Enrollment Choice and Transfer Office (ECT) where a member of the CEO’s Ombudsman’s office will come and record your request.
Tips and Details for Making Public Comment
  • All public comments should address agenda items or items of educational interest.
  • No speaker may use the opportunity of the public comment period to air employee grievances, make complaints on behalf of individual students, or discuss any matters that might come before the Board for appeal.
  • Please indicate whether you will be commenting in person, commenting virtually, submitting a video, or submitting an e-mail to be read.
  • All persons wishing to speak MUST include the following information in their sign-up e-mail or they may void their opportunity to speak: 
    • name,
    • address,
    • email address,
    • telephone number (if applicable),
    • school / civic / community affiliation,
    • agenda topic about which the registrant wishes to speak, and
    • the format to be used: (a) commenting live, (b) submitting a video, or (c) an email to be read
      If planning to provide a video, please attach it.
  • Groups must designate one person to speak on their behalf. No more than one entry on the sign-up sheet will be recognized for any one group.
  • Individuals who have not fully completed the sign-up sheet may not be called for public comment.
  • Each speaker shall be limited to three minutes, and an audible warning shall be given at the conclusion of the three minutes of the allotted time.
  • Speakers may not yield their time to another individual.
  • The chair shall rule out of order the comments of any speaker who verbally and personally attacks a school district employee or Board member or who strays from the agenda item or topic on which the person signed up to speak. Comments made after the speaker is ruled out of order are not included as part of the formal record of the meeting.
  • A person attending an open session of the Board may not engage in any conduct that disrupts the session or that interferes with the right of members of the public to attend and observe the session.
  • Translation services for public comment participants for the following languages (Spanish, French, Arabic, Swahili, Tigrigna) will be offered for public board meetings.