The most effective way to engage the school community and to preserve the confidentiality of the search process is through the creation of Advisory Groups. The groups represent the faculty, parent, alumni and student meet the finalist candidates and report their views to the Search Committee. These groups are carefully trained and understand that they are not voting on the candidates, but simply assisting the Search Committee in its evaluation. All members of the group are required to sign confidentiality agreements. Having designated representative groups fully engaged in the process helps ensure confidentiality to candidates who might not participate in a more public search. In addition, advisory groups can concentrate on specific issues important to the constituencies they represent. Generally, Chairs of the individual advisory groups brief the Chair of the Board Search Committee to ensure the Search Committee has full access to the groups' opinions. In addition to the briefing, a survey of the advisory groups' reactions to candidates is made available to the Search Committee. However, it is always made clear that the outcome of the search is solely under the control of the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees.