The Selection Committee was founded in the 1940s as a way for the local community to ensure that all neighborhoods were fairly represented by the Board of Education (BOE) without political nor single-issue bias. This inaugural committee was composed of six representatives from all four elementary school districts (Central, Chatsworth Avenue, Mamaroneck Avenue, Murray Avenue), who volunteered to serve three-year terms. Further, a term rotation was created to maintain an effective balance of seasoned and new members.
Today, the Committee’s structure and objectives remain the same, but the process has modernized with the times. Members stay updated on important school and community matters in many ways, including by attending School Board meetings and study sessions, and by speaking with district officials and residents. Further, they source potential BOE candidates by widespread communication in the community (including the use of social media, word-of-mouth, reaching out to local organizations, etc.), and introduce these candidates to current Board members for an understanding of roles and responsibilities. Finally, an application and vetting process is held: Committee members interview the candidates, contact their references, deliberate and hold a blind vote for endorsement.