Region 16 school board names Cretella chair

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Priscilla Cretella, an unaffiliated voter from Beacon Falls, was named chair of the Region 16 Board of Education.

BEACON FALLS — Priscilla Cretella once again finds herself at the helm of Region 16’s Board of Education.

Cretella was unanimously elected chair of the board by her peers at the board’s Nov. 7 meeting.

“I’m very happy that I have the support of my fellow board members to be chair,” Cretella said.

Cretella, an unaffiliated voter from Beacon Falls, has served on the board for the past 28 years. Over her tenure on the board, Cretella has served as chair multiple times, most recently in 2009.

The board’s bylaws dictate the chairmanship of the board rotates every two years between a member from Prospect and one from Beacon Falls. Cretella replaces Prospect Republican Donna Cullen as chair.

Cullen, who served as chair since former Chair Lisa DeGoes resigned in July, was unanimously selected as vice chair of the board. Wendy Oliveira and Sheryl Feducia, both of Beacon Falls, were reappointed as secretary and treasurer respectively.