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What is SMOB?

The Student Member of the Board (SMOB) is a voting member of the Montgomery County Board of Education. The SMOB can vote on matters related to collective bargaining, capital and operating budgets, school closings, reopenings, and boundaries. The only item the MCPS SMOB is not permitted to vote on is on negative personnel actions. Montgomery County is one of two counties in Maryland to give this position full voting rights, the other being Anne Arundel County. The SMOB is not paid, but receives a $5,000 college scholarship, Student Service Learning hours, and one honors-level social studies credit.


Being the Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) is a large time commitment, typically requiring 35-40 hours of work per week. The electoral process for the 45th SMOB will begin on January 4th, 2022, when filing for the position begins. If you are interested in running, please check out the following page on the MCPS website: