Credit: VIA MONTGOMERY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

The Montgomery County Board of Education is changing its meeting times for convenience of staff and the public and to prevent weather-related delays.

The board typically holds two business meetings each month, one starting at 10 a.m. and one starting at 6 p.m. Beginning in July, the board’s daytime meetings will start at 2 p.m., and the evening sessions will begin at 5:30 p.m., according to a Wednesday post on the board’s blog.

Shifting the daytime meeting times forward will help avoid delays or postponements because of inclement weather by giving decision-makers more time to watch the conditions before making the call.

“The new meeting times are also designed to make the meetings more accessible to staff and community members who wish to observe and/or provide input during the Board’s meetings,” the blog post stated. “Given that all community members do not have the same work schedule, it is hoped that the later time for participating in public comments will be more convenient for more people.”

The online sign-up form for delivering public comments will now close at 9 a.m. on the Monday before the scheduled board meeting, according to the post.