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Apply to be on the Boston School Committee

The deadline to apply to be on the Boston School Committee is November 28th.

Want to be on the Boston School Committee?

You can apply to the board, which is picked by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, using the PDF attached to this post.

The terms of two members — Claudio Martinez of Jamaica Plain and Marchelle Raynor of Roxbury — are expiring. Both are expected to re-apply, but they will have to be chosen again through a process that includes new applicants.

The deadline is noon on Nov. 28.

Committee members serve four-year staggered terms.

The following can be found at the Boston Public Schools website and provides some history of the Boston School Committee:

In November 1989, the citizens of Boston approved a referendum to replace the existing 13-member elected School Committee with a seven-member Mayorally-appointed Committee. In 1991, the Governor and State Legislature signed a Home Rule Petition submitted by the Mayor and City Council enacting legislation to create the appointed board. The first appointed School Committee was sworn into office in January 1992. In a November 1996 referendum, voters chose to maintain the appointed School Committee structure.

The Mayor appoints members from a list of candidates recommended by a 13-member Citizens Nominating Panel composed of parents, teachers, principals, and representatives of business and higher education. Under the legislation that established the appointed School Committee, "the Mayor shall strive to appoint individuals who reflect the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of the city." To download an application to serve on the Boston School Committee, click here.

Boston School Committee members are appointed to serve four-year staggered terms. When vacancies exist, the Mayor selects members from a list of candidates recommended by a 13-member Citizens Nominating Panel composed of parents, teachers, principals, and representatives of the business and higher education communities.  Under the legislation that established the appointed School Committee, "the Mayor shall strive to appoint individuals who reflect the racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the city."

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