January 19, 2023
For Immediate Release
Announcements and Press Releases
Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners resume hybrid approach for Public Board Meetings after Technical Issue
On January 24, the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners will resume conducting hybrid public Board Meetings. The January 10 Board meeting was conducted virtually due to technical issues with equipment used for producing in-person meetings. Hybrid public Board meetings will allow those presenting to the Board or giving public comment an opportunity to attend Board meetings virtually or in person at the North Avenue headquarters.
Changes regarding public Board meetings include:
Seating: The Boardroom will have 20 seats total, with 15 seats reserved for recognized groups and public comment in-person sign-ups. Any seats not used by in-person speakers will be available to all on a first-come, first-served basis.
Public comment sign-up: Members of the community will now have the option to give in-person testimony by attending meetings at the North Avenue headquarters. In addition to in-person testimony, the current submission options will also remain in place: submitting an e-mail that will be read aloud by the Board Executive, submitting a three-minute video that will be broadcasted during the meeting, and giving a virtual testimony during the live meeting. There will be 10 slots available. Members of the public interested in submitting comments can e-mail Leatrice Jones at LLJones02@bcps.k12.md.us between 4:15 – 5:15 PM, indicating which option you will use to relay comments. Submissions must include the following:
- Email Address,
- Telephone Number (if applicable),
- School / Civic / Community Affiliation,
- Agenda topic which the resistant wishes to speak, and,
- the format to be used: (a) commenting live, (b) submitting a video, or (c) an email to be read
- If you are planning to provide a video, please attach it.
Virtual option still available: City Schools will continue to provide links via Microsoft Teams for members of the community to attend virtually.
For questions and concerns regarding this change, please contact the School Board Office or visit www.baltimorecityschools.org/board-meetings.