PTAs AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Board members contact information
General Information: 410-313-6600


One of the missions of PTA is “to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.” Responsibilities of the Board of Education include expressing and representing the view of the community in matters affecting education. Advocate for your children – let the Board members know what issues are of concern to you and your PTA.

There are multiple opportunities for PTAs and citizens to address the Board of Education.

PTAS AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

• Agendas and Board Reports have gone paperless. They are posted on the web at www.hcpss.org/board. Click on BoardDocs link.
• PTA members are encouraged to serve on HCPSS and BOE task forces and advisory committees.
• PTA newsletters should include important school system issues.

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is embodied in the Department of Education (DOE), as distinguished from the Board of Education (BOE).

BOARD OF EDUCATION
The Board of Education (BOE) of Howard County – sometimes referred to as “the School Board” – is composed of seven citizens elected at large. (The Board of Education should not be confused with the Department of Education.)

RESPONSIBILITIES
The Board of Education of Howard County is responsible for setting local education policy consistent with state and federal laws governing public education. At the direction of the Board, the Superintendent and the school system’s administrative staff develop procedures and administrative regulations to support policy decisions. The Board is composed of seven members elected at-large for four-year terms, and a student member elected by students for a one-year term

MEETINGS
The Board holds public Regular Meetings as a forum for discussion, consensus building, conduct of business, and formulation of policy. These are usually held on every second and fourth Thursday of the month beginning at 4 p.m.
After a dinner break, the Board usually reconvenes at 7:30 p.m.

PUBLIC FORUM
At the beginning of each session of the regular meetings, the Board sets aside time for up to 5 citizens to bring subjects of concern which are not on that meeting’s agenda to the Board’s attention. Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
On matters of policy, the Board initially receives and reviews a report, along with accompanying administrative recommendations, if any, in public session. Approximately a month after preliminary discussion of the items, the Board holds a public hearing so citizens may comment on the proposed policy in an open forum.
To sign up to speak at a Public Hearing, call the Executive Assistant to the Board at 410-313-7194.

HOW TO CONTACT THE BOARD MEMBERS
The Board welcomes phone calls, traditional letters and emails. A traditional letter addressed to the Chairperson will be copied to all members, including the Superintendent. Emails sent to the general boe@hcpss.org is forwarded to all members.

TELEPHONE CALLS
Members of the Board do not have offices at the Department of Education. Board members welcome calls from citizens at their homes.