The committee’s major responsibility is to nominate the best-qualified candidate for each office. This necessitates giving careful consideration, both as an individual and as a committee, to the requirements and scope of the offices to be filled as well as to the qualifications and abilities needed to fill them and to match these requirements to the qualifications of the candidates.
The committee should ask for recommendations from PTA board members and from the PTA members and consider the vision and mission of the association as well. If it is likely that students will be transferring in from another school (e.g., elementary school students moving up to middle school or consolidation of schools), be sure to reach out to the PTAs in those schools as well. The committee is obligated to seek out all people who would best serve the local PTA or council in a particular office.
Secure a copy of the current membership list so due consideration may be given to all qualified members. A presidential nominee should not be asked whom he or she would like as running mates. This decision rests with the nominating committee. Nominees for vice president, secretary, or treasurer should be selected with the same care as a presidential nominee.
The selection of nominees should be an orderly process. Open and frank discussions about potential nominees must be held among members of the nominating committee. These discussions must be kept strictly confidential, and no information, including the reasons for accepting or rejecting a recommendation, should ever leave the committee meeting. The nominating committee should not meet to consider any potential nominee unless all committee members have been notified of the meeting.
Note: Article 9, Section 1A of the Local PTA Bylaws outlines eligibility requirements for a nominee for a local PTA office.