The Edgartown select board welcomed Sam Hart, special projects coordinator at the regional high school, to its meeting Tuesday to talk about adding town representation to the regional high school building committee.

Since the high school’s acceptance into the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s grant program in February, Mr. Hart along with the all-Island school committee have been pursuing steps to break ground on the new school. Forming an Island-wide building committee is that next step, Mr. Hart said.

School finance director Mark Friedman and superintendent Richie Smith have already been named as potential committee members, Mr. Hart said.

The final committee will include around 12 people in total, Mr. Hart told the select board, ideally with one to two volunteer representatives per town. The deadline to produce a short list of proposed members, which will ultimately be approved by the all-Island school committee, is Oct. 31.

“It’s a bit of a tight deadline,” Mr. Hart admitted.

Membership to the committee would be a multi-year commitment ending with the start of construction, town administrator James Hagerty said. To that end, select board members were particularly concerned with finding the right representatives for the job by the end of the month.

“I’d like to see someone from our school committee play a major role in picking someone and I’d like to see our town administrator [have a role],” select board member Arthur Smadbeck said. “We may not meet the deadline, but we’ll have placeholders…and we’ll eventually meet the right people through the right process.”

Edgartown school committee member Louis Paciello assured the town that the school committee will be heavily involved in the recommendation process.

Edgartown resident Paulo DeOliveira added that he would like to see Brazilian representation on the building committee.

Apart from reaching out to existing boards and stakeholders, Mr. Hagerty recommended that the town advertise the openings to the public in a newspaper ad.

“You never know who’s going to have the right expertise,” he said. “It doesn’t hurt to see who else is out there.”