Borough President to Appoint Members to Important Education Policy Advisory Bodies

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications from qualified community- and education-minded individuals to serve as a 2015-2017 Borough President Appointee to the Queens’ Community Education Councils (CECs).

CECs allow for parent involvement at the Community School District level and play an essential role in shaping education policies for New York City public schools.  They are education policy advisory bodies that have a number of important responsibilities, including reviewing and evaluating a district’s educational programs, approving zoning lines and holding public hearings.

“CECs are meant to ensure parental input in our school system,” Borough President Katz said. “It is critical to have parents be an integral part of the decision-making process to shape and set education policies. As a mom of two young boys, I can attest firsthand to the impact that parental and community involvement has on our education system. Queens parents are certainly some of the most active, vocal and effective in the city, and the difference is clear.  The nexus of collaboration between families, educators and surrounding community is the key to the success of our schools, and we urge folks to apply.”

Each CEC consists of 12 members who serve as volunteers and provide hands-on leadership and support for their district’s public schools. Queens has seven CECs (one for each school district in the borough) and Borough President Katz will appoint two members to each of those seven councils. Borough President Katz’s appointees will serve for a two-year term from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017. A Borough President’s appointee must either live in or own or operate a business in the Community School District served by the CEC that he or she is appointed to. The appointee must also have extensive business, trade or education experience and knowledge.

Anyone interested in applying to be a 2015-2017 Borough President Appointee must submit an application with Borough President Katz’s office by April 30, 2015. Applications are available on the Borough President’s website at and are accepted either via e-mail at [email protected], in-person or by regular mail.