|The strength of your PTA depends on the effectiveness of its leaders. The nominating committee is very important. It determines who will lead your PTA in the years ahead and assures your PTA has the most qualified candidates for office. That provides for a smooth transition at the end of the school year. All board members should be on the lookout for PTA members who have potential to be the leaders in the future.About Nominations and Elections
The purpose of the nominating committee is to recognize and seek qualified nominees for the elected leadership of the PTA. The committee members, therefore, have a tremendous influence on the future of the PTA and should be carefully selected.
Nominating committee members should have a broad acquaintance with the membership and an understanding of the functions and mission of PTA. The committee should include both experienced leaders as well as newer members.
Did you know? The nominating committee is the only PTA committee that is not appointed by the president.
The nominating committee is elected by the membership at an association meeting at least two months prior to the election of officers. Determining when to elect the nominating committee and how many people to elect is outlined in your unit bylaws. Most PTA units should elect the nominating committee no later than January or February for the election officers in March or early April.
Did you know? No PTA member shall serve on the nominating committee for two consecutive years.
When selecting nominees for office, the nominating committee should consider the skills and interests of potential candidates, and seek to select the candidates best qualified to lead the PTA association.
Did you know? The nominating committee presents the slate of officers to the membership as a whole at least 30 days before the election.
When considering someone for any PTA office, assure the person understands all of the duties of the position. It is crucial to fully explain the duties of a position to a prospective nominee.
Open and frank discussion must be held among members of the committee. Discussions are strictly confidential, and no information should leave the committee meeting, even after the officers have been elected.
Every effort should be made to provide the PTA with a slate of officers that is balanced in terms of new as well as experienced officers, represents the school attendance area, and reflects the diversity of the school population.
Did you know? The committee is not obligated to nominate the president or any current officer eligible to serve a second term, or to automatically nominate the executive/first vice-president for president.
A written report from the nominating committee is signed by the committee members and entered into the minutes of the association.
For more details, please see the Toolkit section 2.2.
The following may also be helpful:
The most important committee [pdf]
You’ve been elected to the Nominating Committee – What’s next? [pdf]
DOs and DON’Ts for Nominating Committees [pdf]
Nominating Committee Checklist [pdf]
Report of the Nominating Committee [pdf]
Script for conducting elections [pdf]
Reasons to Conduct Elections Before the School Year Ends [pdf]
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