We have been asked about what people should expect today. Having attended many board meetings, this is how we expect it to go:
There is limited parking at the building at 125 N. Court St. There is a parking lot on the other side of Ralph St. Be careful not to park in reserved spots, but any spot unmarked is available to you. There is also street parking along Ralph St. The parking lot of the County Office Building across Court St. is available too.
It will be very crowded. We have been told that the doors will open at 3:30pm for speakers to register. As you enter the building on the lower level, turn right to the Charles Ecker Board Room. As you enter the room, there will be a table to your right. Blue speaker cards will be on the table. Fill one out and give it to the person collecting them.
The board room seats about 100 people. There will likely be an overflow room with another 50 seats and a video feed.
The meeting will begin at 4:00pm and will dispense with business such as the approving the agenda, previous minutes, financial reports, construction reports and personnel items. It will take 30 to 60 minutes. Then there will be 30 minutes for speakers. At 3 minutes per speaker, this will allow about ten speakers. Any others must wait until after the end of the meeting.
We have no idea how long the rest of the meeting will take, but assume about two hours. After that, additional speakers will be called. While the board reserves the right to end discussion after a certain time or after a certain number of speakers, we certainly hope they will allow everyone a chance to speak.
From the CCPS Press Release:
The Board of Education of Carroll County will meet on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. There will be time for citizen participation at this meeting. The public is encouraged to attend.Citizen participation will be held following administrative items and presentations. Citizens who wish to address the Board during Citizen Participation are encouraged to check the agenda prior to the meeting to determine what time the public comment portion of the meeting will begin. The agenda and back-up materials for the meeting can be found by going to the school system’s website at www.carrollk12.org and clicking on “Online Meeting Agenda” at the bottom of the page.The meeting will be streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12.org. Click on Quick Links on the top of the page, then click on CETV 21, followed by CCPS CETV Webstreaming, or go directly to:The Board meeting also will be broadcast live on Channel 21, with rebroadcasts on Thursday, October 15, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 17, at 9:00 a.m.; Sunday, October 18, at 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, October 22, at 8:00 p.m.