The City of New York
Office of the President
Borough of Manhattan
C. Virginia Fields Borough President
August 25, 2005
Dear Friend of Public Education:
I am writing to request your assistance in identifying candidates for consideration for appointment to the Community Education Council for District Six.
As you are probably aware, each community school district has a Community Education Council (CEC) composed of eleven voting members and one non-voting member. Two of the voting members on each CEC must be appointed by the Borough President of the borough in which the community school district lies.
At this time, I am seeking to fill a vacancy for one of the Borough President appointments on CEC Six. Towards that end, I am asking that you assist me in identifying individuals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will be needed to fully participate in the CEC�s activities.
All individuals who serve on CEC Six must either reside or work in Community School District Six. I have attached a full description of the composition and the duties of the CECs. Individuals who are nominated should have:
Demonstrated commitment to improving public education;
Leadership and organizational skills at the school level (i.e. PTA/PA, School Leadership Team);
Budget and legislative expertise;
Collaborative decision making skills;
Comprehensive knowledge of all major NYC Department of Education policies and procedures; and
Excellent writing and presentation skills
In addition, the individuals may have served on or participated in:
� District level committees as: President�s Council, Title I Parents Advisory Council, District Leadership Team, and community school board;
� The work of community-based organizations; and
� Organizing parents and community members around school improvement
Please note that this appointment to CEC Six is being made in order to fill a seat that was vacated after July 1, 2005. As such, according to the legislation governing CECs, in order to serve on CEC Six, my nominee will have to be confirmed by a majority of the body�s current members. Once appointed, the individual will be expected to serve the remainder of the current term, which expires on June 30, 2007.
Please fax the attached nomination form along with a resume to the attention of Nicole Phillips at (212) 669-4306 no later than Wednesday, September 7, 2005. After a review of all nominations, a select few will be interviewed and final determinations will be made at that time. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole at (212) 669-2206.
Your assistance in getting the best individual for this important position is greatly appreciated.
Very truly yours,
Office of the Manhattan Borough President
C. VIRGINIA FIELDS
1 Centre Street, 19th Floor-South
New York, NY 10007
FAX NOMINATIONS TO NICOLE PHILLIPS AT: (212) 669-4306
FOR THE MANHATTAN BOROUGH PRESIDENT APPOINTMENTS TO THE
COMMUNITY DISTRICT EDUCATION COUNCILS
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COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, SCHOOL NAME, GRADES OF CHILDREN:
DESCRIPTION OF DEMONSTRATED LEADERSHIP, ACTIVISM, AND SCHOOL/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.
DESCRIPTION OF NOMINEE�S SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND EXPERIENCES.
PLEASE ATTACH NOMINEE RESUME
Summary of Legislation Establishing
Community District Education Councils
The following is a summary of major provisions of the law replacing Community School Boards with Community District Education Councils. To view the full text go to: www.assembly.state.ny.us/leg and type in bill number, A9113. Near the top of the next page, click "see bill text."
The law creates a system of community councils, whose members serve without compensation (but are re-imbursed for expenses), to replace the Community School Boards. There is a community education council (CEC) for each community school district and city-wide councils on special education (CCSE) and high schools (CCHS).
The CECs are composed of eleven voting members and one non-voting member. Voting members are: 1) nine district parents selected by the �presidents and officers of the parents� association or parent-teachers� association,� serving a two year term, and 2) two community members appointed by the borough president, who are residents of, or own or operate a business in, the district. The latter also serve for a two-year term and may only be reappointed for one additional term. The non-voting member, serving a one-year term, is a high school senior residing in the district appointed by the superintendent �from among the elected student leadership.�
The CCSE is composed of eleven voting members serving two year terms, and one non-voting student member serving a one-year term who is a high school senior residing in the district and is appointed by the administrator designated by the chancellor to supervise city-wide special education programs. Nine voting members must be parents of students who receive special education services, selected by parents of such students �pursuant to a representative process developed by the chancellor�. The other two are appointed by the public advocate of the city of New York. One can not be a member of both the CCSE and a CEC.
The community councils are empowered to make their own by-laws and regulations to conduct their affairs, and are charged to develop a process �consistent with procedures which shall be developed by the chancellor for community input in connection with the annual evaluation of the district superintendent and other instructional supervisors assigned or appointed to the district by the chancellor.� (Sec. 2590-d.2.c)
Significant powers and duties of the CECs:
� Promote achievement of educational standards and objectives relating to the instruction of students;
� Participate in continuing education on an annual basis as defined by the chancellor;
� Prepare an annual school district report card and publicize it with copies of the proposed budget;
� Approve zoning lines, as submitted by the superintendent, consistent with the regulations of the chancellor; � Hold public meetings with the superintendent at least monthly;
� Submit an annual evaluation of the superintendent and of local instructional supervisors to the chancellor;
� Hold a public hearing on the district�s annual capacity plans and submit the approved plan to the chancellor;
� Provide input to the chancellor and the city board on matters of concern to the district;
� Liaison with school leadership teams and assist them.