WOODBRIDGE — Dr. Marianne Vahey was elected by Woodbridge Board of Education members to the position of Board Chairman at its first meeting since new members were sworn-in May 1st. Vahey, a Democrat elected to the BOE in May 1999, was nominated by fellow Democrat Ellie Sheehy and approved by a vote of 8-1. She replaces Bonna Green, a Republican who will remain on the Board. James Carolan - R was elected Vice-Chair and new member Clotilde Dudley Smith - R was elected Secretary. Other new Board members taking part in their first official meeting included Jamie Lecker - R, Gary Desire -D, Debbie Pines - I and Bunny Yesner - D.
In other business, the Board welcomed newly hired principals Kathy Steadman, who will oversee Primary Grades at Beecher, and Kathleen Peters-Durrigan, who will take charge of Intermediate Grades. The pair were also the focus of a "Meet The Principals" reception at the school earlier that afternoon, where they had the opportunity to greet parents and students and discuss issues of importance to the Beecher community.