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Letter: About The Bronxville Nonpartisan Committee

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BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- The Bronxville Daily Voice accepts signed letters to the editor. Please send letters to bronxville@dailyvoice.com .

To the Editor:

As a new year begins, we, the members of the Non-Partisan Committee for the Nomination and Election of School Trustees, thought this would be a good time to remind the community about the mission of the NPC and the role it plays in the election of Board of Education trustees.

The NPC was created in 1936 for the purpose of assembling and vetting potential nominees for the Bronxville school trustees. We do this by engaging in a rigorous evaluative process.

In January, we begin by interviewing school administrators and sitting trustees to develop an understanding of key issues the school board will face in coming years.

We then ask the community for interested candidates and enter into an extensive due diligence period of research, referencing, interviews and discussions.

The NPC would like to highlight a few points on our role and mandate:

First, we are a nonpartisan body and seek to find the most qualified nominees to the Board of Education regardless of party or specific issue affiliation. We strive to attract the widest pool of potential trustee nominees through both personal appeal and public solicitation.

Second, we nominate potential trustees from the pool of candidates that submit applications to us, after spending hours in interviews, discussions and conducting reference checks. Once nominees are selected by the NPC, the NPC hosts a public forum for the Bronxville community to meet the NPC nominees. Each May, the residents of the village vote to elect the trustees.

Third, a key strength of the NPC is the breadth and diversity of views that our 21-member committee, composed of three residents elected by the voters in each of Bronxville’s seven voting districts, brings to the process.

In order to fully represent the Bronxville community, the NPC asks residents to participate in the search process for committee members and the email vote for NPC members each spring.

Lastly, we serve the village of Bronxville and seek to engage village residents in our work. Community involvement is a key ingredient for both our trustee and NPC member searches.

Please contact us with any trustee candidate or NPC member suggestions, as well as any questions you may have regarding the NPC and its processes. We encourage feedback.

Our individual emails and phone numbers are located on our website, www.bronxvillenpc.com . Additionally, we can be reached at our main email address, bxv_npc@yahoo.com .

Respectfully yours,

The Committee for Non-Partisan Election and Nomination of School Trustees:

Romy Coquillette, Sharon Robinson, Jim Fowler, Tara Saridakis, Dale Frehse, Sheila Stoltz, Sara Kenny, Alain Sunier, Steve Kraemer, Richard Thomas, Jennifer Lescott, Craig Unis, Jennifer Mackesy, Joseph Villanueva, Michelle Meyercord, Elizabeth Vranka, Jane Moynihan, Tracy Walsh, David Pasquale, Amy Walsh and Tim Reidy

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