The term of SEAC is the same as the term of the elected Trustees, and it lasts four years. Election of Trustees occurs during the municipal election process held every four years, usually in late October or early November. The current SEAC term started after the October 2014 elections, with subsequent elections to be held in 2018 and 2022. The SEAC membership is appointed by the newly elected Trustees at one of their first official meetings.
The process for inviting nominations and appointing SEAC members varies between school boards. Some school boards invite nominations as early as September of an election year. Other school boards ask for nominations after the Trustees hold their first meeting and others accept nominations for several months following an election.
As many executives of local associations and some of the provincial parent associations are unpaid volunteers, PAAC on SEAC recommends that School Boards adopt a flexible approach in accepting nomination letters as long as the letters include the elements noted below in effective practices.