Public Hearing: Consideration of Closing Fountain Rock and Hickory Elementary Schools
The Washington County Board of Education (WCBOE) is seeking public comment and input regarding the recommendation to close Fountain Rock and Hickory elementary schools. A public hearing is scheduled for the matter on Monday, June 5, 2023, at Williamsport High School at 6:00 p.m.
WCBOE Policy KD indicates public hearings will last a maximum of two and a half (2 ½) hours but may conclude sooner if no additional participants who wish to speak are present. Individuals wishing to speak should arrive at the hearing no later than 7:00 p.m. The hearing provides an opportunity for any person to address the WCBOE with feedback and concerns regarding the proposed school closures and changes.
Individuals can speak up to three (3) minutes, and individuals speaking on behalf of an organization are provided five (5) minutes for comments. An organization may have one individual speak on its behalf. Further comments from organization members will be subject to the three (3) minute limitation. Community members who would like to speak are encouraged, but not required, to sign up in advance. Attendees can also sign up to speak at the meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. the day of the public hearing. Individuals who sign up in advance will speak first.
Community members can sign up to speak online at: https://bit.ly/publichear6523.
Individuals can also sign up in advance by contacting Debra Cechovic, secretary to the WCBOE, by calling 301-766-2971 or emailing [email protected]. Advance sign-ups will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. (noon) the day of the hearing.
Individuals requiring special accommodations are also asked to contact Ms.Cechovic at least five (5) business days in advance of the hearing so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Written public comments will be received and included in the official record until Friday, June 16, 2023. Written correspondence should be emailed to [email protected] or addressed to:
Washington County Board of Education
10435 Downsville Pike
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Copies of written correspondence will be provided to all members of the WCBOE. Individuals who have previously provided feedback to the WCBOE in email or written correspondence already have their communication included in the official record.