Boston has established a new nine-member search committee to find Boston Public Schools’ next superintendent in time for the next school year, city officials said Thursday, with public input beginning next week.

It’s an aggressive timeline announced by Mayor Michelle Wu’s office and School Committee Chair Jeri Robinson as the city embarks on its third superintendent search is less than a decade. The new search committee will play a big role in the selection process, fielding public input to create a job description, as well as reviewing and interviewing candidates privately before the public vetting begins.

Roxi Harvey, who was named to the committee and is the chair of the BPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council, says she’s ready to get busy. Like many parents, she’s been frustrated by the lack of stability in school leadership.

“Nothing can really fully change if we keep cycling through superintendents,” Harvey told GBH News Thursday. “We need someone that can get the work done, so we need to hire the right person.”

Other search committee members include Jessica Tang, president of the Boston Teachers’ Union, Pam Eddinger, president of Bunker Hill Community College, school committee members Michael O’Neill and Lorena Lopera, Marcus McNeill, a senior at Fenway High School, and several school administrators.

McNeill, 18, worked on Wu’s transition committee and has been active in advocating for increased mental health resources for students throughout the pandemic.

He said he would personally like to see a local candidate with experience running a large urban school district. He also said a person of color named to the top spot would be inspiring to young people in a district that serves predominantly Black and Hispanic students.

“I would really like to see someone from the city of Boston or Massachusetts that really tries to understand what students in Boston go through,” McNeill said. “Because Boston is such a unique city with very, very diverse population of young people.”

Boston’s current superintendent, Brenda Cassellius, will stay in the job until the end of the school year. Last month, shortly after taking office, Wu and Cassellius announced a mutual decision that Cassellius would step down after three years on the job.

The district has also begun accepting bids from consultants who will assist the district in its search for qualified candidates both locally and nationally.

The city will select a search firm this spring, and issue a call for qualified applicants. Following the search committee interviews in non-public executive session, the search committee will select finalists. The finalists’ interviews will be public, the city said.

The search committee will then make a candidate recommendation. The School Committee, which is appointed by the mayor, will then vote on whether to make an offer to that person.

The search committee will kick off the process by hosting online listening sessions on:

  • Wednesday, March 9, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Public listening session
  • Tuesday, March 15, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Public listening session for Spanish speakers
  • Thursday, March 24, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Student listening session
  • Saturday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Public listening session

Correction: The headline of this story has been corrected to reflect the proper job title.