Incumbent Candidate, Amity Regional Board of Education
Incumbent candidate Sheila McCreven is running for a four-year term on the Amity Board of Education, after her appointment in September 2014 to fill a vacancy. She was an elected member of the Board of Assessment Appeals from 2013 to 2015, after completing her second term on the Woodbridge Board of Education (WBOE), where she served from 2005 to 2013.
While a member of the WBOE, Sheila served two terms as Chairman, from 2007 to 2011, and as board Secretary from 2005 to 2007. She led the negotiating team
for several union contracts, was instrumental in the hiring of the current Superintendent, Special Education Director, Business Director, and Principal, and has been a member of three separate Building Committees to upgrade the Beecher facilities, including the current committee which expects the building project to be completed this summer.
On the Amity BOE, Sheila is presently a member of the Policy, Facilities, and Personnel committees, and participated in the teacher’s contract negotiations concluded in December 2014. She is a past Area Co-Director for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE), and a member of its Board of Directors.
In addition to her involvement on the Beecher and Amity school boards, Sheila has more than 15 years of involvement in the community, including as an appointed member of the Commission on the Use of Publicly Owned Property (CUPOP) where she served as Chairman, and previously as a founding member and past-Chairman of the Government Access Television Commission that oversees Channel 79. She is also a past-President of the Beecher PTO.
Sheila and her husband have lived in Woodbridge since 1997 and have three children who graduated from Beecher; the two youngest currently attend Amity Regional High School and the eldest is a junior at Syracuse University. In her spare time, she enjoys genealogy research and has traced her maternal lines back to several of the families who settled the Town of Woodbridge in the 1660s.
She brings a professional background in communications and public relations, as well as wide-ranging experience serving on Boards of Directors for several local non-profits, including the Amity Teen Center and the East Side Burying Ground Association, as well as the Amity League of Women Voters. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Media Arts and Advertising from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.